According to a report on MMAFighting.com, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight against Rashad Evans at UFC 133 next month due to a knee injury.
UFC officials are apparently scrambling to find a replacement to face Evans, and expect to announce the new main event for the card within the next 24 hours. The co-main event currently features former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin facing veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
The injury bug has been cruel to Evans. The former light heavyweight champion 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 in May of 2010. Evans decided to bide his time and allow then-champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to recover from knee surgery. Following an unfortunate sparring injury 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.
Evans was then slated to face Jones, however, before the fight could be booked, Jones bowed out to rehab a hand injury and Evans took the fight with Davis. Shortly after, Jones decided to not have surgery on the hand, and has been cleared to defend against new top contender Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135 in September.
The injury bug has been cruel to the UFC as well, as UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones, UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill, UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin and now UFC 133 have all seen the main event change due to injury.
UFC 133 will take place on August 6, 2011 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.