Rashad Evans out six months following knee surgery
FEB 19, 2014 2:57a ET
Rashad Evans won't be back in the Octagon any time soon.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion will have surgery for a knee injury this week and will be out of training for six months, according to a press release from his Blackzilians gym. Evans had been preparing for a UFC 170 bout on Feb. 22 with Daniel Cormier when he hurt the knee while training.
On Feb. 12, news broke that Evans was out and initial reports said that he would miss just four weeks. That isn't the case. The release said after consulting with Dr. Ronald Kvitne in Los Angeles, it was determined that Evans needed surgery. His medical teams expects him to be out for six months.
UFC president Dana White said Evans and teammate Cezar Ferreira were training throws when Evans' foot got stuck in the mat and his knee gave out.
“I'll be back stronger than ever!”
The fight with Cormier was critical for Evans. A win would have put him near the No. 1 contender spot for the light heavyweight title.
"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 said in the release. " Thank you for your continued messages of support. I'll be back stronger than ever!"
The newly signed Patrick Cummins will step in for Evans on Saturday and meet Cormier. The fight will remain the co-main event of a card headlined by Ronda Rousey defending her women's bantamweight title against Sara McMann.