The knee injury that bounced Rashad Evans out of UFC 170 last week will keep “Suga” sidelined for the majority of 2014. According to a statement posted on the Blackzilians website yesterday, the former UFC light-heavyweight champ will undergo knee surgery this week in Los Angeles with Dr. Ronald Kvitne (who you may remember from Cat Zingano’s video blogs). Evans is expected to be out of active training for six months.
“I am deeply disappointed to be missing the action at UFC 170, but I am, as always, incredibly grateful for the support of my family, friends, management, the UFC, and most of all my fans during this minor setback,” Evans stated. “Thank you for your continued messages of support. I’ll be back stronger than ever!”
“Minor setback”? Props to Rashad for keeping such a positive attitude, because we’d be punching a hole through every wall in the house if this happened to us. Evans has had a history of poorly-timed injuries, from the previous knee injury that robbed him of a title shot against Mauricio Rua in early 2011, to the thumb injury that postponed his title fight with Jon Jones later that year.
For a 34-year-old athlete with over a decade of professional competition under his belt, a six-month timeout seems like a major setback — especially with Evans on the verge of title contention once again. Damn. Get well soon, dude.