Rashad Evans has been pulled from his upcoming bout this weekend.
The former UFC light-heavyweight champion, who was expected to make his middleweight debut against Tim Kennedy at UFC 205, did not meet the New York State Athletic Commission’s medical standards for undisclosed reasons. As a result, he was not granted a license to compete and was forced off the card.
Evans revealed the news on his Instagram page and assured everyone that he was medically fine. As of now, it is unknown whether he will be replaced by another opponent or if the bout was scrapped altogether.
Kennedy, who didn’t hear of the news until landing in NYC earlier today, has called for bouts against Michael Bisping, “Jacare” Souza, Nick Diaz, and Anderson Silva on his Twitter account.
UFC 205 takes place on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The card will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between 155-lb champion Eddie Alvarez and 145-lb champion Conor McGregor in addition to a welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson and a strawweight title fight between Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Karolina kowalkiewicz.