UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones has torn a ligament in his right hand and will be forced out of his title scrap against Rashad Evans. The world’s premier MMA promotion waits for no man, as Phil Davis has agreed to play substitute and fight “Suga” at UFC 133 on August 6th.
Evans was slated to challenge Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the 205-pound crown at UFC 128, but an injury forced him out and opened the door for Jones to step in and become the youngest champion in company history. At the time, Evans gave his teammate his blessing but things have quickly soured between the former homies.
Evans holds an impressive 15-1-1 record, but has been out of action since defeating bitter rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 in May 2010.
Davis owns a perfect 9-0 resume, with his last five coming in the UFC. He was seen last month hanging a lopsided unanimous decision win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
No word on how long Jones will be sidelined, or if surgery will be required to repair his haymaker.
Although UFC 133 has yet-to-be “officially” announced, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will play host. Vitor Belfort claimed last week he was headlining the card against Yoshihiro Akiyama, however today’s news could very well change things.
Here are the fighters expected to participate in the pay-per-view broadcast:
Rafael Natal vs. Riki Fukuda
Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman
Michael McDonald vs. Nick Pace
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis
Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama