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Evans Medically Pulled From Fight Against Tim Kennedy at UFC 205

When it rains, it pours.

Rashad Evans was planning to snap a 2 fight losing streak as well as make a welterweight debut at UFC 205. Going against fellow veteran Tim Kennedy in New York, this was suppose to his second coming out party after his first were rained on by Ryan Bader and then abruptly by Glover Teixeira. But alas, the hits just keep on coming, the former light heavyweight champion will have his dreams halted once again with recent news of his medical issues pulling him from the card.

According to Evans he received news from the Nevada State Athletic Commision on October 19th saying an MRI revealed “irregular findings”. After that he was said to undergo further testing which Evans says he passed. He thought he was in the clear, and then he received an email earlier today.

“I’m disappointed,” Evans told MMAFighting.com. “I’m healthy. I don’t want anyone worrying about me. I’m fine, physically speaking. Never felt better. It’s just the commission and their rules. I guess they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to this.”

Evans however is not letting this get him down, he says this makes him even more determined to fight, and will not be deterred by the set back.

“This doesn’t change the fact that I want to fight. This doesn’t change anything for me as far as fighting.”

“In life, if it ain’t one thing it’s another,” he said. “I won’t get beat down by this.”

So what does this do to the 205 picture? While definitely not one of the top fights, most mma fans were emotionally invested. This leaves two middleweight in Jacare Souza and now Tim Kennedy without a dance partner, does it make sense to match these two up? Training wise yes, both these men were preparing for a middleweight bout on the same card, though their opponents were vastly different. If they still want to go for the pay day and the chance to fight on the first NYC card, I for one will not stop them. However, from a ranking standpoint it doesn’t make any sense, at least not for Jacare. Beating Tim Kennedy means nothing as he could potentially be one fight away from a title shot. But you know how it is in the UFC, if Dana White calls, it’s probably best to answer.

What do you guys think of the recent news? Would you care for Kennedy vs. Souza matchup or is it water under the bridge at this point?

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