After missing all of 2014 due to a knee injury, Rashad Evans has not gotten off to a good start in 2015, as the fighter has reportedly been sidelined with another knee injury.
The former UFC light-heavyweight champ was supposed to fight Daniel Cormier in February, 2014, but not long before the bout, Evans tore his ACL. As a result, the 35 year-old spent much of the year rehabbing the injury, and Evans was booked to fight Glover Teixeira later this month.
Teixeira, however, had to pull out of the fight due to his own knee injury, and there has been considerable speculation as to whether Evans could be signed to fight a contender like Alexander Gustafsson next.
Well, in the latest episode of “UFC Tonight”, Ariel Helwani reported that Evans actually tore his ACL again back in December. The well rounded fighter apparently was going to fight Teixeira any ways, but once the latter went down with an injury, Evans decided to have surgery. During the show, Helwani relayed the following about Evans’ latest setback (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“Around Christmastime his knee popped and the cadaver broke. He just had another ACL surgery to repair it. He’s looking at a recovery time of six to nine months. He says he’s not going out like this. He’s on the comeback trail.”
So, clearly this is extremely unfortunate news, as depending on how Evans’ recovery goes, he could go another year without fighting. The light-heavyweight contender hasn’t fought now since November, 2013, when he quickly stopped Chael Sonnen at UFC 167.
This news comes not long after it was confirmed that Daniel Cormier will battle Ryan Bader in June. Since that means the #3 and #5 ranked 205’ers (respectively) are set to fight, it remains to be seen who the UFC matches the #2 ranked Alexander Gustafsson up against. Perhaps it will be Teixeira? Since his knee injury was reportedly not too serious?