Roughly two months into 2014, the injury bug has finally taken its biggest bite out of a UFC card. On Wednesday night, the promotion confirmed Rashad Evans (pictured) has suffered a knee injury that will force the former light heavyweight champion out of his pivotal UFC 170 shootout with Daniel Cormier.
Because gametime is less than 10 days away, the UFC has decided to pull Cormier from the card and keep the lineup at 10 bouts.
The welterweight affair between Demian Maia and Rory MacDonald will now serve as the show’s new co-main event.
Based on UFC 170’s current bout order, the bantamweight bout with Alexis Davis and Jessica Eye would get bumped to the main card. However, that move has not been made official.
No word on the specifics behind Evans’ injury. However, according to various reports the UFC will save Cormier until Evans returns.
Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the festivities. A bantamweight title tilt between champion Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann headlines the pay-per-view broadcast.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
(UFC Fight Pass 7PM ET/4PM PT)
Ernest Chavez vs. Yosdenis Cedeno
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Erik Koch
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Zach Makovsky vs. Josh Sampo
Cody Gibson vs. Aljamain Sterling
Raphael Assuncao vs. Pedro Munhoz
Alexis Davis vs. Jessica Eye
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker
Mike Pyle vs. TJ Waldburger
Demian Maia vs. Rory MacDonald
Sara McMann vs. Ronda Rousey (UFC bantamweight champion)