Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (pictured) can’t seem to get a license. For the second time in as many weeks, Evans was denied a fight license to face Tim Kennedy.
Evans was initially slated to make his middleweight debut against Kennedy at UFC 205, but he was abruptly pulled from the UFC’s debut in the NYC just days before showtime due to an MRI issue. The bout was promptly rescheduled for UFC 206 on December 10.
However, it was revealed Monday by Evans’ manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, the Office of the Athletics Commission in Ontario, the committee sanctioning UFC 206, followed the New York State Athletic Commission’s lead by denying his client a license.
It is unknown why Evans was declined this time around, but Abdel-Aziz claims Evans is perfectly healthy.
“He’s fine, guys,” Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com. “Rashad is fine. There’s nothing wrong with him.”
The UFC have not addressed Evans’ latest setback.
Evans was last seen in April getting knocked out cold by Glover Teixeira in just 108 seconds. It was Evans’ fourth loss in his past six outings, including two straight.
The 37-year-old was hoping to rejuvenate his career at a lighter weight. He looked absolutely shredded during UFC 206 fight week.
Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada hosts UFC 206.
(UPDATE: 11/21/16 at 2:12PM PT)
Despite the latest news on not getting a license to fight in Toronto I am 100% healthy. I will not retire. Thank yuh for the support
— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) November 21, 2016
Here is the card’s current lineup:
Jordan Mein vs. Emil Meek
Chad Laprise vs. Li Jingliang
Misha Cirkunov vs. Nikita Krylov
Poliana Botelho vs. Valerie Letourneau
Rustam Khabilov vs. Jason Saggo
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober
Mitch Gagnon vs. Matthew Lopez
John Makdessi vs. Lando Vannata
Zach Makovsky vs. John Moraga
Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown
Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis
Cub Swanson vs. Dooho Choi
Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier (UFC light heavyweight champion)