Rashad Evans is having a tough time on the injury front as news emerges that he’ll be out for at least another six to seven months as he requires knee surgery again after his body rejected a cadavar used to fix a torn ACL.
Evans hasn’t fought since a comfortable first round TKO victory against Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in November of 2013. Following that ‘Suga’ was lined up to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 in February of last year, but Evans had to pull out due to a torn ACL.
Evans had surgery to fix the injury which kept him out for the rest of the year. He had sought to make his return against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC On FOX 14, but his knee was taking longer to heal than he’d anticipated and so he withdrew.
Another fight with Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 61 in just a few weeks time also fell through, this time due to an injury his opponent suffered, and at that stage Evans came to a decision that now was the time to have his second ACL surgery.
It’s an unfortunate situation for Evans who’s likely have been out of action for two years and have turned 36 by the time he finally sets foot in the Octagon again, assuming there’s no more setbacks after this latest surgery.
He’s still ranked No.4 in the division at this moment in time after his wins over Dan Henderson and Sonnen, but he’ll have a hard time holding down that spot now and may even be temporarily removed from the rankings due to inactivity.