Rashad Evans Is Out of UFC 205 Due To Medical Issues
UFC 205 is just four short days away, yet the card has just lost its first fight, as Rashad Evans has been forced to pull out of his bout with Tim Kennedy due to a medical issue.
In a statement to MMAFighting.com, Evans explained that there was an “irregularity” discovered in his pre-fight MRI that resulted in the New York State Athletic Commission refusing to grant him a license to fight. This, despite his medical paperwork remaining unchanged from the medical records that have allowed him to be sanctioned by other state athletic commissions.
“I’m not sure why (the NYSAC) didn’t approve,” said Ali Abdelaziz, a representative for Evans. “He provided the same medicals, and nothing has changed. I don’t know what we’ll do. The plan is he’s going to fight as soon as possible.”
While Evans has been on a two-fight losing streak, the former light heavyweight champion was looking to change his fortunes by moving into the middleweight division. It’s been three years since he’s won a bout in the UFC, so to lose this chance at redemption so close to fight night has to be devastating for Evans. Here’s hoping things are sorted out soon, so Evans can get back in the octagon. As for Kennedy, no replacement opponent has been announced, and it’s uncertain if he’d even take a back-up fight on such short notice. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough, since fight night is fast approaching.
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