Rashad Evans’ quest for a second run at the UFC light heavyweight championship is on hold once again, and “Suga” isn’t happy about it. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight with Evans due to a hand injury, and Evans will now face fast-rising prospect Phil Davis at UFC 133 in August.
“It’s the story of my life, I just can’t catch a break when it comes to these fights,” said Evans on MMA Live this past Thursday. “I don’t even know what to say anymore, to be honest, because I’m just so used to constant change and something always happening… fate just does not want me to fight for the belt right now.”
As for facing Davis, the former light heavyweight champion said accepting the fight was a “no-brainer.”
“This is a no-brainer for me,” Evans said on fighting Davis. “It’s about being active. I’ve been out for too long and chasing the belt a little bit too hard. I waited patiently for the belt, but I’m a fighter. I like to fight, first and foremost, and I like to compete. So I just got to go out there… and put together some wins, and if that results in a title shot, so be it.”
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 in March 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.