VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Rashad Evans will have to wait a few months longer than expected before he gets a shot at regaining his light heavyweight title.
Evans, who defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson last month at UFC 114 to earn the title shot, was scheduled to face champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the fall, but Rua’s recent knee surgery will force the bout to be delayed indefinitely.
UFC President Dana White said on Thursday that Rua injured the knee during his April rematch with Lyoto Machida. Rua defeated Machida to capture his first UFC championship, but White said the new champ required surgery after the bout.
“He just got out of the hospital; it was a successful surgery,” White said. “He had the surgery in Los Angeles, and he’s going to be doing all his therapy in Las Vegas.”
White said that Rua would remain in Las Vegas for the next five weeks.