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Phil Davis Injured, Out of UFC 133 Bout With Rashad Evans

(“My knee should be OK next week. I’ll take Tito when they match Rashad up with Lyoto.”)

According to MMAFighting, Phil Davis suffered a knee injury and as such has been forced to pull out of his UFC 133 main event bout with Rashad Evans. Although no replacement opponent has been named, sources say the UFC will be announcing Davis injury and Evans’ new opponent for the August 6 event soon.

Two prime candidates would be Lyoto Machida and Tito Ortiz — both of whom Evans has faced before. He lost in his very first title defense against Machida by second-round KO at UFC 98, five months after TKO’ing Forrest Griffin at UFC 92 to win the strap. Evans battled to a draw with Tito Ortiz at UFC 73, but would have likely lost the bout had “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” not been deducted a point for grabbing the fence.

Machida is on the sidelines awaiting word of his next bout and Ortiz could likely be ready in time to fight on the card.

Evans has not fought since defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 last May. He chose to sit out and wait for his promised title shot at then-champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, but was forced out of their UFC 135 bout in September and was replaced by teammate Jon Jones. Jones subsequently won the belt and pulled out of a planned UFC 133 meeting with Evans due to a hand injury, prompting the UFC to match Rashad up with Davis in the interim. A week later, Jones announced that he would not require surgery and would be ready to fight again by September. In spite of the fact that Evans was told he had the next shot, instead of re-matching Davis with another opponent and giving him “Bones,” Jones was given a bout with Jackson for his first title defense at UFC 135 September 24.

In short, Rashad got screwed again. If he loses against the replacement the UFC gives him then it will be time to buy a new rabbit’s foot.

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mDino- July 13, 2011 at 7:55 am
sucks for rashad, no title shot and he keeps ending up with tougher fights. machida is a bad matchup for him
via. saku buttspank submission- July 13, 2011 at 6:41 am
This is starting to be one giant circle jerk,Fire these fragile motherfuckers!
Machiavelli- July 13, 2011 at 5:48 am
I'm not sure who I like less, Tito or Rashad. I'd like to see the two of them go at it again because whoever loses makes it a win for me.
flyingogoplata- July 13, 2011 at 5:15 am
@ ArmFarmer
Agreed. There were at least 3 fence grabs by Ortiz in that fight that prevented takedowns which could have given Rashad the win. Now don't get me wrong...I don't like either of those guys so a draw was actually kinda perfect.
StinkFacer- July 13, 2011 at 2:31 am
on or off juice?
PERPATRAITOR- July 13, 2011 at 12:38 am
Thiago silva would whoop the fuck out of rashad.
RwilsonR- July 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Give him Chael Sonnen.
ArmFarmer- July 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm
I think you meant "which Rashad likely would have WON, had tito not kept grabbing the fence". Hanging onto the fence is the only thing that kept tito on his feet that fight, and in a fight where pretty much nothing happened a couple takedowns would have made the difference, let alone if damage was done afterwards.
Buster Hyman- July 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm
rashad should go tanya harding rampages knee and take his title shot back
slummy- July 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm
I think Rashad could beat Machida in a second fight. Machida's style has been figured over since their first fight. Rashad should have more confidence coming in and shouldn't be as hesitant to engage.

After seeing Rick Story perform so poorly taking a second fight real quick that Tito is not an option. Machida is the best option.
jiveturkey1986- July 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm
machida is official
AussieJosh- July 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Fuck Tito! He has had just 1 win in the last 100 years! I would much rather see loyoto vs Rashard 2.
intercept440- July 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm
hey.. where the fuck is goodridge, isnt it time for another installment of ask gary?? whats it been a month now..get crackleackin Ben . DO IT.
intercept440- July 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm
curse o da black man has struck again ma niggas, it's all cuz DW is White an da shizzle ma seriously asshad really cant catch a break, thats got to be fucked up to be promised a shot and wait for it , then get it given away, then get booked with a semi contender, then get told davis is out....its going to suck balls when he loses to davis's replacement and gets canned. bitch cant catch a break indeed
DangadaDang- July 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm
I say give him Machida for another go. Then again, I just wanna see that face.
dwmwtv- July 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm
dang, I was really looking forward to this one. Mr. Wonderful will be back. Hopefully with those new skills he was looking to acquire before he got booked with Suga.
The Highest Primate- July 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm
Bloody hell Rashad just cant catch a break.. So who does that leave for Tito? Let Chocolate Al make a comeback!
BTW im no going to say first because i dont enjoy having sperm spasmed up my anal passage.