Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans continues to miss out on chances to win back his title. And, according to UFC President Dana White, his wait may be extended a while longer.
“You’ve got to be able to fight. I knew (Evans) couldn’t fight. I knew he couldn’t take that fight. I knew he was hurt. He had the pins in his hand and it was going to take time,” said White, this past weekend at the post-UFC 136 press conference. “I imagine he’s going to have to take another fight now. I can’t imagine him sitting out again. Depending on how timing and all that (expletive) works out, he will fight again.”
Evans became the No. 1 contender when he defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in May of 2010 after the two finally had their fight following a stint as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter. Evans, however, suffered a knee injury in training and was forced to pull out of a planned fight with UFC 205-pound champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. In stepped teammate Jon Jones, who topped Rua and won the belt.
Evans-Jones was expected to take place this past summer, but “Bones” suffered a hand injury in the Rua bout and was set to undergo surgery. A second opinion allowed Jones to avoid surgery, but Evans had already signed to fight Phil Davis at UFC 133. “Suga” ended up fighting Tito Ortiz instead of Davis, winning to solidify his status as top contender.
For the second time, Evans-Jones had to be postponed, as Evans’ hand injury won’t allow him enough time to prepare for a December meeting with Jones. After having the two square off in post-fight matches, White said they won’t do the in-cage face-to-face a third time.
“I think everybody gets it now,” White said. “I’ve had some bad luck with bringing people into the cage. When it works out, it’s good. When it doesn’t it doesn’t. What are you going to do?”
Jones will now defend his title against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A planned bout for Evans has not been reported.