Rashad Evans

Evans Pulled from Finalized “Bedlam” Card


Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Just hours after Brazilian striker Luis Cane stepped in for an injured James Irvin against former collegiate standout wrestler Rashad Evans, the UFC has decided to remove Evans from the card when the organization travels overseas to London, England on June 7th for UFC 85: Bedlam.

The promotion made the announcement this morning via their official website.

Evans was originally slated to take on Thiago Silva at this weekend’s UFC 84: Ill Will event in Las Vegas but was moved to the June card after Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was forced to pull out of his main event showdown against former champion Chuck Liddell.

After a torn hamstring forced Liddell off the show, Irvin was brought in as a late replacement opponent for Evans, eventually succumbing to the injury bug as well in the form of a broken foot suffered during a recent training session. No word as of yet on the extent of his injury nor how long he will be sidelined.

Cane will now once again take on Jason Lambert in a preliminary bout, capping off the card at a total of eleven fights. A middleweight bout between former title challenger Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites has been moved up to the televised portion of the event.

UFC 85 will be headlined by a main event welterweight clash between former longtime champion Matt Hughes and rising American Top Team product Thiago Alves. England native Michael Bisping will also be in action, taking on Canadian middleweight Jason Day.

Cane Replaces Injured Irvin Against Evans


Luis Cane. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Brazilian striker Luis Cane will step in for an injured James Irvin against former collegiate standout wrestler Rashad Evans, who remains undefeated thus far in mixed martial arts, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels overseas to London, England on June 7th for UFC 85: Bedlam.

The promotion announced the change on their official website this evening.

Irvin reportedly suffered a broken foot during a recent training session. No word as of yet on the extent of his injury nor how long he will be sidelined. This will now be Evans fourth scheduled opponent for his next fight.

Evans was originally slated to take on Thiago Silva at this weekend’s UFC 84: Ill Will event in Las Vegas but was moved to the June card after Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was forced to pull out of his main event showdown against former champion Chuck Liddell. After a torn hamstring forced Liddell off the show, Irvin was brought in as a late replacement opponent for Evans, eventually succumbing to the injury bug as well.

Cane lost by disqualification in his UFC debut last December, illegally kneeing Irvin in the face while Irvin was still on the ground. Cane was slated to take on Jason Lambert in a preliminary bout on the card. It’s unknown at this time whether a replacement opponent will be found for Lambert in time for the event.

UFC 85 will be headlined by a main event welterweight clash between former longtime champion Matt Hughes and rising American Top Team product Thiago Alves. England native Michael Bisping will also be in action, taking on Canadian middleweight Jason Day.

Report: Irvin Agrees to Step In Against Evans


James Irvin weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 13. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

James Irvin, fresh off of his quick knockout of Houston Alexander earlier this month, will reportedly replace former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell against an undefeated Rashad Evans when the UFC travels to London, England on June 7th.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, which has confirmed Irvin’s participation with sources close to both fighter’s camps.

Irvin’s stoppage of Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2nd tied the record for the fastest finish in UFC history. Don Frye put Thomas Ramirez to sleep in eight seconds as well in his UFC debut back in February 1996.

Evans was originally scheduled to be fighting Thiago Silva in May before being tapped to replace an injured Mauricio Rua against Liddell. The one-time standout college wrestler has not lost yet inside the confines of his UFC. Evans has been victorious in all of his bouts with the exception of a draw against Tito Ortiz last summer.

Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports reports that the UFC now plans to have a total of 13 bouts on the card in order to make up for Liddell’s absence. UFC President Dana White has confirmed that the card for the event is still in the works.

“We’re adding fights to the card and rearranging it so the UK fans won’t have to worry,” White said in a recent press release sent out to the media. “We’ll still be bringing an amazing card to London and the O2 Arena. The UFC always delivers.”

Liddell Injured; Evans Fight Postponed


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Update 10:00 AM ET: The UFC has confirmed that Liddell has suffered a torn right hamstring and will be unable to compete against Evans in June. Photo of Liddell’s injury here. A new main event for UFC 85 is expected to be announced shortly. - John

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell has reportedly suffered an injury leading up to his June fight against Rashad Evans, leaving him unable to participate and postponing their showdown until later this year.

The news comes from our good friend Ariel Helwani of MMARated.com.

According to the report, the kind and extent of Liddell’s injury is currently unknown but plans call for he and Evans to fight later this summer. There is also no word as to whether or not Evans will still compete at the event.

The main event of UFC 85 has been in trouble from the start. Liddell’s original opponent, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, was forced to pull out of the bout after rupturing an ACL in his left knee during training. It’s an injury that required surgery and will keep Rua out of action indefinitely.

The fight was due to be Rua’s first since he was submitted by Forrest Griffin in his UFC debut in September.

Evans was originally scheduled to be fighting Thiago Silva in May before being tapped to replace Rua. The one-time standout college wrestler has not lost yet inside the confines of his UFC. Evans has been victorious in all of his bouts with the exception of a draw against Tito Ortiz last summer.

Liddell snapped a two-fight losing streak at UFC 79 in December where he won a unanimous decision over long-time rival Wanderlei Silva.

Report: Evans to Now Face Liddell at UFC 85


Rashad Evans weighs-in for UFC 78: Validation. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It’s looking like the Ultimate Fighting Championship has found a replacement opponent for Chuck Liddell

The former UFC light heavyweight champion will face the heavyweight winner of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter in Rashad Evans according to reports from Sherdog and MMA Weekly, who have both reportedly confirmed the fight.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Liddell after rupturing an ACL in his left knee during a recent training session. Rua will apparently also require surgery and will be out of action for an indefinite amount of time according to the UFC. The fight was due to be Rua’s first since he was submitted by Forrest Griffin in his UFC debut in September.

Evans was originally scheduled to be fighting Thiago Silva in May from all of the information that was gathered over the past few months. The one-time standout college wrestler has not lost yet inside the confines of his UFC. Evans has been victorious in all of his bouts with the exception of a draw against Tito Ortiz last summer.

Liddell snapped a two-fight losing streak at UFC 79 in December where he won a unanimous decision over long-time rival Wanderlei Silva. A win over Evans will have Liddell move one step closer to a rematch against current champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who has defeated Liddell twice in the past.

Report: Evans-Silva Possible for May

UFC light heavyweights Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva will collide at the UFC’s scheduled event in May according to Brazilian news site Tatame.

It’s too early for anything to be official but various reports are stating that a fight between the two has been rumored for some time and may very take place.

Both have never lost inside the confines of the UFC and both are undefeated in their professional careers as well. Evans, the former winner of the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, is coming off of a hard-fought unanimous decision over Michael Bisping at UFC 78 in November.

Silva has won his first three fights inside the Octagon. His last was a stoppage victory over Houston Alexander two months ago. According to Tatame’s article, Silva is currently training with American Top Team inside of his Chute Boxe home. Sources say that it is nothing permanent.

Hughes vs St. Pierre at UFC 79

That may be the case.  According to Matt Hughes’ personal website, that is exactly what is happening.

I’m going to fight Georges St. Pierre on December 29th. I’ve got a couple reasons why I’ve made this decision and I will share those at a later time. I’ve asked for this to be for an interim title and if Matt Serra can’t fight in a year, then this would just be the title fight; but I don’t know if that is going to happen right now. I will keep you all posted.
-Matt

EDIT: This WILL BE for the interim title, so it will be a 5-round fight. -Matt

As John wrote earlier, this is the replacement fight that makes the most sense.  The biggest question is whether GSP is prepared to take the fight on 5 weeks notice.  The thoughts postulated across the web are that GSP had been training with Rashad Evans in preparation for Evans’ UFC 78 fight.  Thus he’s physically prepared, its just the gameplanning that needs to be taken care of. 

Of course, this is still up in the air until we get confirmation from either GSP himself or the UFC.  Stay tuned…

Update 10:05 PM: The UFC has confirmed the fight on it’s official website. - John

Evans and Bisping Discuss Fight at UFC 78

Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping discuss their fight at the UFC 78 post-fight press conference. Evans squeaked out a close split decision over Michael Bisping last Saturday at UFC 78: Validation.

UFC 78: Validation Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST, covering UFC 78: Validation with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

UFC 78: Validation Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections: UFC 78
Goldberg and Rogan Preview UFC 78
Herman Wants Revenge Against Doerksen
Bisping and Evans Ready to Battle at UFC 78
Alexander Plans to be Quick and Exciting
UFC 78 Conference Call Notes
Terrell Replaced by Doerksen at UFC 78
Parisyan-Chonan; Alves-Lytle Now Set for UFC 78
Lombard Unable to Compete at UFC 78
Aurelio-Caudillo Agree to Terms
UFC Announces Bisping-Evans, Alexander-Silva

Main Card:

Rashad Evans vs Michael Bisping
Houston Alexander vs Thiago Silva
Karo Parisyan vs Ryo Chonan
Spencer Fisher vs Frankie Edgar
Joe Doerksen vs Ed Herman

Preliminary Fights:

Chris Lytle vs Thiago Alves
Joe Lauzon vs Jason Reinhardt
Marcus Aurelio vs Luke Caudillo
Akihiro Gono vs Tamdan McCrory

Continue reading "UFC 78: Validation Live Blog"

Goldberg and Rogan Preview UFC 78

UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan break down tomorrow night’s two huge fights in the UFC’s light heavyweight division: Ultimate Fighter winners Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping square off in a bout that will see one fighter earn his first professional loss; Upstart Houston Alexander will try to continue his string of impressive stoppage wins when he takes on Chute Boxe product Thiago Silva.

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