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UFC 85: Evans out; Cane vs. Lambert back on

Another change in the rollercoaster ride that is UFC 85: Bedlam.

UFC.com has announced that TUF 2 heavyweight winner Rashad Evans will no longer fight at the O2 Arena. It was stated earlier today that Brazilian fighter, Luis Cane would step-in to replace the injured James Irvin but Evans has now pulled out and Cane will instead face his original opponent, James Lambert.

Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites will now fill in the vacant televised spot in Evans’ absence.

To check and see if any other fights have disappeared or been rearranged for the June 7th card, you can see the official card right here.

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12 COMMENTS
  • UFC69INTX says:

    still happy with the card, but i was looking forward to seeing james irvin fight

  • seth b says:

    Good move by Rashad. Is a match with Liddell still in the cards for the future?

  • Danny says:

    definitely a good move by evans. he went from getting a great opportunity in fighting chuck to being out of the main event and into fighting just everyone on the roster. none of those others matches would have done anything 4 rashad if he was lookin to move up the ladder.

  • Jeremy says:

    Smart move overall. There was no sense in having Rashad fight Cane, after Irvin dropped out as well. Plus I’d rather see Marquardt-Leites anyways, even if Evans was still fighting Irvin. There is no real headliner fight on this card, but there is a bunch of interesting fights.

  • D says:

    new name for the event – UFC 85: Cursed

  • sm4099 says:

    I appreciate how the UFC settles their events far in advance, especially when there are all types of injuries and changes made, so it gives their fans a chance to decide if they want to watch the fight, without having to worry if the card will change a few days up to the fight…There have been other cards recently, from other orgs, that were having this problem, and it takes away from there legitamacy as a true org…

  • slimm says:

    i dont care to see Chuck v Evans, i would much rather see the fight that was originally slated for this card Shogun v Liddell…….

  • Rich S. says:

    “# 2 Rich S. Says:
    May 20th, 2008 at 10:03 pm
    well,
    the Rashad fight went from “cool” [Liddell].. to “what??” [Irvin].. to “wow, that’s just pointless!” [-Luiz Cane-]

    just go ahead and take him off the card…”

    called it..

    idk what they’re going to do with Evans.. but rather than putting the Liddell/Evans fight back in the works.. they need to just go back to the VERY FIRST plan.. and give us Liddell/Shogun in Oct. or Aug. or something.. and find Evans another can or something… or maybe give him Thiago back..

    idk..
    but this HAS TO BE the most changes an event has have undergone before it took place, am i right??

  • banditt2 says:

    Liddell/Shogun
    Liddell/Evens
    Evens/Irvin
    Evens/Cane
    Cane/Lambert

    i see a pattern!

  • king mah mah says:

    I don’t want to see rashad in another main event! He barely squeeked out a draw against tito. and that was with tito getting a point deducted! Plus i think tito still won that fight. so yeah, i’m happy evans is out.

  • cinema21 says:

    Are you kidding? Rashad didn’t beat Tito? Count you punches landed, shoot attempts to success, and overall control of the fight… not to mention if that fight had 1 more minute Tito was going to get pounded on the ground. I love Tito and have loved him sense he use to do bare knuckle fighting in small gyms, but the guy lost the fight. People can talk all they want about Rashad, hell I don’t really care for him too much either, but a good fighter earns my respect. He hasn’t lost and he has had to fight some very talented people.

  • cinema21 says:

    Are you kidding? Rashad didn’t beat Tito? Count punches landed, shoot attempts to success, and overall control of the fight… not to mention if that fight had 1 more minute Tito was going to get pounded on the ground. I love Tito and have loved him since he use to do bare knuckle fighting in small gyms, but the guy lost the fight. People can talk all they want about Rashad, hell I don’t really care for him too much either, but a good fighter earns my respect. He hasn’t lost and he has had to fight some very talented people.

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