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Phil Davis out, no one in against Rashad Evans

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?

  • Omomatta says:

    What’s Kingsbury up to? He should be hungry enough and is on a 4 fight win streak.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Rashad ain’t risking his fight-before-a-title-shot-shot for Kingsbury.  It has to be someone with a big enough name to risk losing to.  Machida is probably gonna happen.

  • frickshun says:

    Rashard would fucking murk Kingsbury!! That’s absurd.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    We think that, and there’s an incredibly high probability it’s true, but everyone can get touched on the chin and lose their title shot.  Everyone.  Rashad knows that and I don’t think that fight is worth the risk for him.  He might as well fight Hamill and at least face a name.

  • glassjawsh says:

    im as big of a rashad nuthugger as anyone. but he deserves this after being a bitch for so long. bring on keith jardine just to fuck with him!

  • P W says:

    Latest news says Machida is in.

  • agentsmith says:

    Via CagePotato:

  • frickshun says:


  • lukustra says:

    get Rafael Cavalcante to fight Rashad. He’s not booked and hes big enough of a name among mma fans to make it an interesting fight. at least for those who were looking forward to the bore of a fight it was gonna be with phil davis. he has good power and takedown defense and might give rashad a lot of trouble whos shown to have an iffy chin. even though he won the thiago and rampage fights, he got rocked in both. if hes not able to make the cut, make it a catchweight of 215 or something. make it happen dana/coker.

  • kvelertak says:

    bring in a sf guy!

  • bosswell says:

    Probably not enough time to get through all the red tape that comes with signing a Strikeforce guy, although Feijao would be a decent matchup.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    So it’s tito after all.  Meh.  It’d be hilarious if Tito smashed him, but I’m not holding my breath.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    i hope rashtard dies in a bicycle fire