Another day, another UFC main event scuttled due to injury:
Phil Davis has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 133 main event fight against Rashad Evans due to a knee injury, MMA Fighting has learned from sources. No word just yet on who, if anyone, Evans will now fight on the Aug. 6 card. UFC officials could not be reached for comment on Tuesday evening.
According to sources, the UFC is expected to announce Davis’ injury and the new UFC 133 main event in the coming hours.
Now the search is on for an opponent for Rashad Evans. Tito Ortiz has already said no, and Lyoto Machida sounds very on the fence about it. Basically, none of the top guys want to come in on three week’s notice to take on an opponent like Rashad Evans, even if it means a title shot if they win.
Even if you look at the list of top 20 light heavyweights, a solution doesn’t smack you in the face. Ryan Bader is medically suspended until July 24th and everyone else is already booked until you get down to guys like Matt Hamill. The UFC could reshuffle an existing fight and possibly get Rich Franklin, Lil Nog, Shogun Rua, or Forrest Griffin in. Surely someone is willing to step up for a chance to hop into #1 contendership. Or is it the prospect of facing Jon Jones what is keeping people from lining up, more than facing Rashad?