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Lingering Hand Injury Forces Jones Out of UFC 133; Evans Will Now Take on Phil Davis in Philly

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(If Rashad tests positive for anything after this fight it will likely be Prozac.)

A torn tendon in his hand that he suffered in his UFC 128 light heavyweight championship win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has forced Jon Jones to bow out of his August UFC 133 grudge match against former training partner Rashad Evans. Stepping in for the injured champion in the bout will be Phil Davis.

The news was first reported this morning by Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press and was later announced by the UFC.

It seems like Rashad can’t get a break these days.

First he gets injured training for the bout with Shogun that he waited for nearly a year on the sidelines to take, and then his friend and training partner swoops in and snatches the title shot away from him. Then, after some soul searching and decides to leave his gym for good and that he will face Jones, only to have his second promised title shot in six months pulled out from under him.

The kicker is that he didn’t want to risk injury or losing by taking a fight before facing Rua and now he’s forced to do just that by facing a prospect like Davis. The trifecta of Rashad’s year of bad luck would see him lose the fight or sustain a major injury like a torn MCL that would void his raincheck for the fight with Jones.

The conspiracy theorists in us say that maybe Jones isn’t injured and he’s just twisting the knife a little further in Rashad’s back. Whatever the case may be, Dana White is probably smiling from ear to ear right now considering he lambasted Rashad for waiting out his shot at the belt.

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Get Off Me- April 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm
If I made, Rashad should thank Jones for fighting Rua ahead of him as well...Rua would have beat him proabably just as bad as Jones. Now, like you said, he gets to be outwrestled for three rounds and gets to go home with some coin and a clean bill of health.
Sad New Yorker- April 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm
To be honest, a one handed Jon Jones vs. Evans seems like the most interesting matchup at 205 right now.
BuckWild- April 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm
If Davis beats Rashad, who would fight Jones? Rampage? That would be Evans vs Rampage all over again except Jones would be throwin Bo's on the ground.
Anhonestmoose- April 25, 2011 at 4:10 pm
In my mind Little Nog had lost two in a row prior to the Davis fight. IMHO a win over Nog at this point in his career (regardless of the fact that he is a legend of the sport) doesn't mean much. With that in mind, Davis looked sub-par in his win over Nog and should be no less than 3 fights away from a title shot.
djp1988- April 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm
Knowing Rashad's luck, he'll win the fight, but have his ACL implode 2 days later in an unrelated fashion accident.
BobWallus- April 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm
With my GSP english level I will say those things:

First, I realy like the picture. Jones looks like he's on weed, Dana seem to be on some kind of hallucinogen (probably lsd) looking at a small tweetie bird on the head of Rashad. Finally Rashad looks like he's having a balanced cocktail between roids and cocaine and ready ripe off the neck of a cute kitty cat with his teeth.

But seriously, I think this is a good fight for Evans but not for Davis. Davis is a great wrestler and so is Rashad with better hands. But at the end, a win over Davis will only give Evans a false sens of confidence that Jones will break with his video game alike moves.

But for a promoter point of view, who else in the top 10 of the division is available to face Evans. Most of the guys are already scheduled, so I think it is a good move for the ufc but not necessarily for Davis at this point. The public likes young-up-and-comer and this fight will sell big time.
fACE7biter- April 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Dana already stated that the reason we won't see Rashad Vs. Rampage 2 is because part 1 sucked a dick. He was one of the biggest critics of that fight, saying that the two guys talked a lot of shit and then didn't fight. This is honestly the only fight that makes sense, its the two most winningest LHWs in a pretty fucked division, and the winner is the only guy left who can give Jones a fight.
Hesh to Steel- April 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Was just talking about this with a coworker. Honestly, at 205 there aren't going to be any interesting title fights until Jon Jones' style starts to get repetitive (if it ever does). If he remains unpredictable, with his physical gifts, nobody is going to beat him because he's impossible to game plan for.

That being said, all the interesting fights will be the number one contendership matches. I think Griffin/Davis and Evans/Rua both sound like good fights. Certainly better than Evans/Davis and Griffin/Rua.
PERPATRAITOR- April 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Rashad vs Rampage 2 is what we want to see. I don't get this either...
Reverend_Clint- April 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm
christ this fight going to suck
RearNakedSpoon- April 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm
FFS, just get it over with Jones.
RwilsonR- April 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm
I feel bad for Phil Davis on this one. He will beat Rashad, but he is not ready for the title shot he'll likely be given afterwards.
knucklesamitch- April 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm
What's the over/under on weeks til Rashad says he re-injured his knee and pulls out of the fight with Davis, which then leads to a December 2011 fight agains Bones Jones.
Canadia- April 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Whatever happened to Davis taking a step backwards? Does he really believe he's got the answer for Rashad that he's willing to throw his neck out like this? Or is this just Dana shoving money in this guy's face and saying "I owe yea one"

If this wasn't for a title shot i'd give Davis more of a chance, but damn. Rashad hasn't been training lightly, he knows what it takes to be a champion and he had all the reason in the world for a fire to be lit under his ass.
Davis looked mediocre in his last fight and I hope just because he's fought consistently and on a roll I hope he doesn't believe that he can ambush Rashad or fight him at his own game.

Going to be a battle of wills with this wrestlefest.
just some dong- April 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Davis ain't ready for this at all. Who the fuck did he piss off at Zuffa... and how??
omunto- April 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Nevermind, forgot Jackson vs Henderson back in 07. But still...
omunto- April 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm
I think The Light Heavyweight Belt is cursed. Short of Machida's controversial victory vs Rua in the first matchup, has anyone defended it successfully since Liddell?
El Guapo- April 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm
If Phil Davis gets injured, Dada 5000 is ready to go..
FeelDaRiddum- April 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm
DW just loves that black on black crime doesnt he
jimbonics- April 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm
I find this hilarious in the best possible way. Fuck Rashart. Just desserts for sitting a year to keep his #1 contender status. I hope the African-American Alien™ gives him a Heaping Helping of Hellbows™
El Famous Burrito- April 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm
What's the deal with the Black Light Heavyweight tournament the UFC is running lately?
ccman- April 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Morningwood- April 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Rashad did get a break. A huge break. HE won't have to get his ass whooped by Jones now. He can lose a close fight to Davis, lose his shot at the title, but keep his health and become the gate keeper of the 205's
LOKI- April 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm
I do remember Jones saying that if he ever was put in a possition were he was forced to fight Rashad he would just fake an injury...
maybe they are still buddies and this whole trash-talkin' back and forth jive was just a smokescreen to throw Dana and company off the scent.
destinationblood- April 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm
seriously phil davis is next in line???..........