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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.