Rashad Evans in Limbo After Injury Knocks Him Out of Title Fight

By Mike Chiappetta

LAS VEGAS — Lady luck was nowhere to be found for Rashad Evans in this gambling town. Evans came looking for good news, and left with his golden opportunity gone.

After a second medical evaluation confirmed a knee ligament injury, Evans was forced out of his long-awaited March light-heavyweight championship matchup with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. He’ll be replaced by his teammate Jon Jones, who rode the momentum of a UFC 126 submission win over Ryan Bader to a sudden title shot.

The win takes Evans from on the cusp of a championship to no man’s land.

UFC president Dana White said Evans won’t be guaranteed a title shot or kept as the No. 1 contender as he works his way back from injury. Evans will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks and in a brace as he rehabs.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with that now,” White said. “I feel bad about it, too. Look at the 185-pound division. [Yushin] Okami got hurt and couldn’t get that fight [against Anderson Sivla] and now he’s been waiting forever.”

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