Rashad Evans missed all of 2014 due to a knee injury, and it looks like the former UFC champ will be sidelined for much of 2015 as well.
If you recall, Evans tore his ACL early last year, and as a result, he was forced to pull out of a bout with Daniel Cormier. The 35 year-old was expected to return to the cage later this month and fight Glover Teixeira, but not too long ago, the latter had to withdraw due to injury.
Well, in the latest edition of “UFC Tonight” it was reported by Ariel Helwani that Evans tore his ACL again in December. The 35 year-old, former light-heavyweight champ was reportedly going to fight Teixeira any ways, but when he pulled out, Evans elected to have surgery.
In a press release sent out from FOX Sports, Helwani was quoted saying the following about Evans’ situation:
“Around Christmastime his knee popped and the cadaver broke. He just had another ACL surgery to repair it. He’s looking at a recovery time of six to nine months. He says he’s not going out like this. He’s on the comeback trail.”
So, that’s a very tough break for Evans, who hasn’t fought now since November, 2013, when he quickly took out Chael Sonnen. Since “Suga” could be sidelined for up to nine months, there’s a chance that Evans won’t fight in 2015.
Now it will also be interesting to see what the UFC books for Alexander Gustafssson. Since Evans is ranked #4 at 205 and Gustafsson is #2, there was widespread speculation that the UFC might book them to fight. Especially since it was just announced that Daniel Cormier will fight fellow, top ranked contender Ryan Bader next.
Maybe the UFC is thinking about having “The Mauler” battle Teixeira in the coming months?