Jon Jones out, Phil Davis in against Rashad Evans
Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not meet Rashad Evans later this year.
Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press broke the news today that the champion was forced out of the contest and that the fast-rising Phil Davis will step in against Evans at UFC 133 this August.
According to MMAjunkie.com, Jones has been sidelined due to a torn right hand ligament, and the recovery will apparently be a lengthy one. A timetable has not been set, though.
Jones defeated former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 last month to earn the light heavyweight strap. Immediately following the fight, former champion Evans entered the cage, and the pair agreed to fight for the championship later this year.
Since then, Jones and Evans have gone through a bad breakup, as the latter left Greg Jackson’s camp and ended his time as a training partner with the newest champion. They have also fired shots back and forth at one another since the fallout.
Meanwhile, Davis is coming off yet another dominant performance. In his last outing, Davis was too much for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to handle, earning a unanimous decision victory in the main event of the most recent “UFC Fight Night” event. He is a perfect 9-0 as a professional and, with a win, will almost certainly be the next man to face Jones.