UFC 205: Rashad Evans Pulled From Matchup With Tim Kennedy
With just 5 days to go before the biggest event in history, Rashad Evans has been pulled from UFC 205 due to an undisclosed medical issue.
We were so close everybody, so close to an injury free spectacle at UFC 205.
MMA Gods giveth and MMA Gods taketh, yet they show mercy with taking an undercard fight. According to Brett Okamoto from ESPN and @TalkMMA on Twitter, Rashad Evans has been pulled from his UFC 205 matchup against Tim Kennedy due to an undisclosed medical issue.
The former Light Heavyweight champion Evans (19-5-1) was set to make his middleweight debut against Tim Kennedy after losing two straight at 205-pounds. Evans has been sidelines with injuries for the last couple of years before coming back last October at UFC 192.
An undisclosed medical issue came up in Evans’ pre-fight testing, and the New York Athletic State Commission ( NYSAC) chose to keep him out of the fight as a precaution.
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As for Tim Kennedy, he has not fought since the controversial TKO loss to Yoel Romero back at UFC 178. He has expressed that the Evans fight could be one of the final times he may compete in MMA.
There is no talk of a replacement which leads to speculation that the fight will be re-scheduled for a later event if he chooses to fight again.
Evans vs. Kennedy was scheduled to take place on the undercard. Hopefully this all we see in terms of cancellations for UFC 205, with only 5 days to go fans across the globe are holding their breath that all fights stay together.
Here is what remains of UFC 205.
(c) Eddie Alvarez vs. (c) Conor McGregor
(c) Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson
(c) Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson
Belal Muhammad vs. Vincente Luque
Jim Miller vs. Thiago Alves
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
The cancellation really does show just how much depth UFC 205 has, as it hardly makes a dent in the overall strength of the lineup. The prelims are still easily one of, if not the strongest, in UFC history. Lets all cross our fingers that it stays this way for 5 more days.
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