Rashad Evans Pulled from UFC 205
The historic UFC 205 card almost made it to Madison Square Garden in tact. The middleweight bout between Tim Kennedy and Rashad Evans has been reportedly pulled from the card after an issue with Evans’ medicals came up on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Bret Okamoto reported the news after having spoken with UFC President Dana White.
The New York Athletic Commission reportedly pulled Evans from the card after "irregular findings" came up in an MRI, according to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.
Later on Tuesday evening, Brian Stann said on his radio show that signs of brain damage had been found in Evans’ tests. That detail has yet to be confirmed.
The UFC released a statement saying that the fight was indeed off and would not be replaced. Both Evans and Kennedy will be paid their "show" money.
Evans (19-5-1) is the former UFC light-heavyweight champion, but was to move down to 185 lbs. for this bout with Kennedy. He lost his previous two fights, with his last loss coming in April to Glover Teixeira by first-round knockout. Evans looked to drop to middleweight with the hope of reenergizing himself in a new division.
Kennedy (18-5) has not fought over two years. He last competed at UFC 178 in September of 2014, where he suffered a controversial loss to Yoel Romero. Kennedy, who remains an active part of the U.S. military, hoped to jump into middleweight title contention with a winner over the former 205-lb. champ.