Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans’ (pictured) middleweight move will have to wait for another day. On Tuesday, just four days before showtime, UFC president Dana White announced Evans has been pulled from his UFC 205 fight with Tim Kennedy due to medical issues.
White confirmed Evans’ removal with ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto.
Specifics surrounding Evans’ exit are a little murky. It appears the 37-year-old is healthy, but there was an issue with his medical documentation.
The preliminary bout was scheduled to appear in the Fox Sports 1 portion of Saturday’s broadcast. The UFC has yet to report which UFC Fight Pass contest will get promoted in its place.
Kennedy is reportedly on a plane at the time of publication and it is unknown if he is aware he’s making the cross-country flight for naught. White did not confirm if Kennedy or Evans would be paid their show money.
After dropping four of his past six fights, including two straight, Evans made the decision to shed 20 pounds and test the middleweight waters in hopes of resurrecting his career.
UFC 205 takes place inside Madison Square Garden in New York. A lightweight title tilt between champion Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor headlines the show.
Here is the show’s updated lineup:
(UFC Fight Pass 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman
Karolina Kowalkiewicz Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC strawweight champion)
Stephen Thompson vs. Tyron Woodley (UFC welterweight champion)
Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez (UFC lightweight champion)