Rashad Evans injures knee, fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 scrapped
FEB 12, 2014 9:23p ET
Just a few hours after the two were on a media conference call Wednesday, the fight between Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier has been called off.
Evans injured his knee in training and there’s not enough time to find a replacement at UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Evans-Cormier was set to be the co-main event.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told Yahoo! he wasn’t sure what Evans’ exact injury was, but the former light heavyweight champion will need four weeks of rehabilitation, according to doctors. Fertitta said UFC officials are looking into adding the fight to UFC 172 on April 26 in Baltimore.
A text message sent to Evans by FOX Sports was not immediately returned.
Minutes after Yahoo! broke the story, Chael Sonnen took to Twitter to offer to fill in and fight Cormier. Never mind that the former light heavyweight and middleweight contender is in Brazil right now filming The Ultimate Fighter.
Cormier was set to make his light heavyweight debut against Evans. A fight between Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia will now likely be the co-main event on a card headlined by Ronda Rousey defending her women’s bantamweight title against Sara McMann.
Daniel Cormier also took to Twitter to voice his desire to still fight at UFC 170, regardless of who the opponent may be.