It appears Rashad Evans’ 23-month hiatus will finally be coming to an end. On Wednesday, it was announced Evans will battle Ryan Bader at UFC 192.
The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas hosts the October 3 show.
Evans was slated to fight Daniel Cormier in February 2014 at UFC 170, but was forced to pull out to go under the knife to repair his knee. He was expected to only be out six months.
“Suga” decided it was the right time to repair his knee a second time after January’s bout against Glover Teixeira fell through. Unfortunately for the former UFC light heavyweight champion, he suffered a setback during recovery after his body rejected a cadaver on his surgically-repaired ACL.
Evans has won six of his last eight scraps, but hasn’t been seen since posting a TKO victory over Chael Sonnen in November 2013. He beat Dan Henderson before that.
Bader, meanwhile, was hoping to get first crack at Cormier’s freshly-minted title after posting his fourth consecutive win in January’s decision over Phil Davis. That honor interestingly went to Alexander Gustafsson, much to Bader’s dismay.
No other bouts have been reported for the lineup.