Rashad Evans’ quest for a second run at the UFC light heavyweight championship is on hold once again.
The Canadian Press’ Neil Davidson wrote on his Twitter account that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is out of his upcoming fight with Evans due to injury, and Evans will now face fast-rising prospect Phil Davis.
MMAJunkie.com confirmed the report, and added that Jones is facing a lengthy recovery due to a right-hand ligament suffered in his title win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 in March. The report stated that the Evans – Davis bout is targeted for UFC 133 in August.
Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans hasn’t fought since becoming the number one contender to the light heavyweight title by defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by unanimous decision at UFC 114 last May. Evans decided to bide his time and allow then-champion Rua to recover from knee surgery. Following an unfortunate sparring incident incurred while preparing for the planned title shot, Evans gave his blessing for younger training partner Jon Jones to step up and fight for the light heavyweight championship in his stead, who dominated Shogun en route to winning the title via third round TKO.
Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis picked up the biggest win of his career last month at UFC Fight Night 24 by taking a hard-fought unanimous decision over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The young prospect improved his undefeated record to 9-0 with the win.
UFC 133 has yet to be officially announced by the organization, but is expected to take place on August 6, 2011 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.