It almost happened. The rematch of bitter rivals Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans seemed to be the perfect bout to replace Jackson’s canceled fight with Thiago Silva (Silva’s UFC 125 drug test results were questionable, so his planned participation at UFC 130 was scrapped) as Evans’ injured knee would likely have had enough time to heal. The second installment of Jackson-Evans wasn’t in the cards however, as it was recently announced that Jackson would be facing off against Matt Hamill at UFC 130 instead of Evans.
During a recent appearance on Pro MMA Radio, the official radio show of FightLine.com, Evans revealed his disappointment at that match up falling through.
“I wanted it. I was gonna do it for May. When I heard Thiago (Silva) was out I was like ‘Alright, I’ll fight Rampage again,’ but then they put Matt Hamill in there. They didn’t want to put that fight together for whatever reason. I would have found a way. I woulda gave it a go. I’ve been doing some pretty aggressive treatment on my knee and I was thinkin’ I was gonna be ready.”
Evans injured his knee training for a planned title fight against light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, which was to take place in the middle of next month. His teammate Jon “Bones” Jones stepped up in his place and will challenge for the belt on the same date. No word yet as to when Evans will be fully rehabbed and ready to go, or against whom he will appear when he does return to action.