As we reported yesterday, newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ first title defense has been put on hold, as Jones is out of his scheduled bout with Rashad Evans due to a right-hand ligament. Evans will now face fast-rising prospect Phil Davis at UFC 133 in August.
“This is an injury that’s been recurring since I was a college wrestler, it doesn’t affect my punching or grappling, but I am taking the time and the proper measures to correct this now, so that it doesn’t happen again,” said Jones, in a prepared statement from Authentic Sports Management. “I look forward to getting back to training and to my first title defense. As for Rashad, let’s see what happens with Phil Davis. I will be watching that fight with great interest.”
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.