Jon “Bones” Jones Injured, Rashad Evans Faces Phil Davis at UFC 133

April 25, 2011
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Rashad Evans and Phil Davis UFC 133

Rashad Evans and Phil Davis

It appears the saga of Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans will be put on hold for the time being.

A torn ligament in Jones’ thumb has forced the UFC’s light heavyweight champion into surgery, according to sources speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. Instead of waiting, Rashad Evans will take a fight against Phil Davis at UFC 133.

The new bout was also confirmed on Monday, with former NCAA champion Phil Davis being called in to face Evans as part of the August event scheduled for Philadelphia. The Canadian Press initially reported the switch.

Rashad Evans (15-1-1) has been out of action since last May when he defeated rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114. Evans was waiting for a shot at then light heavyweight champion Maurcio “Shogun” Rua, when injuries pushed the fight back, and then Evans himself had to withdraw due to a knee injury.

Rua ended up losing to Evans’ replacement, Jon Jones. It was then decided the two former teammates would battle later this year with the gold on the line. Now, it looks like their rivalry will be put on hold.

Sources speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Monday confirmed Jones’ injury was a torn ligament in his thumb that will require minor surgery and that the champion should be able to return by the close of 2011. There is no specific timetable until after he has the surgery.

Meanwhile, when opportunity knocks, Phil Davis (9-0) seems to be willing to answer. The former Penn State All-American stepped in on late notice to replace an injured Tito Ortiz for his last fight, where he knocked off Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Davis has been perfect in the UFC so far, picking up five wins in five fights.

The bout with Evans will be Davis’ biggest jump in competition yet.

The UFC has yet to make an official announcement about the bout between Evans and Davis, but it is expected to gain at least co-main event status at UFC 133.


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  • judo johnson

    Good Luck Phil!!!!!! here is the chance!!!!

  • dandesmond

    Not sure what I think about this fight yet. Was gutted about Jones being injured, but I’m wondering if this is too much of a jump for Phil? If he can’t take Evans down…he’s screwed…

  • panik

    Hard fight for both, obviously evans is the favourite to win but davis gets better every fight and there isnt much tape on him for rashad to study, we have seen him in bad positions so this could be a very close fight, i think davis is gunna get rocked near the beginning of the fight but will win dominate once hes recovered.

  • panik

    Hard fight for both, obviously evans is the favourite to win but davis gets better every fight and there isnt much tape on him for rashad to study, we have seen him in bad positions so this could be a very close fight, i think davis is gunna get rocked near the beginning of the fight but will then dominate once hes recovered.

  • MrAdidas

    Yes Phil Davis has gotten better in his fights, but he hasnt fought anyone as dangerous as Evans! Love him or hate him, Evans is a very good fighter, his ONLY loss came to the hands of Lyoto – not bad!!! Davis & Evans wrestling will cancel each other out & then what does Davis have? I can tell you what Evans has….. Knock you The Fuck Out power in both hands & KO power in both legs, (IMO) I dont know how Davis can honestly win this fight, but anything is possible. Evans wins by Decision or K you TFO – as for Davis, I’m not sure if he can win a decision.

    DANDESMOND: You are 100% right, if he cant take Evans down & keep him down, I dont see what he can do to Evans without putting himself in some serious positions to get KTFO!!!

    PANIK: If you think Davis is going to be able to take one of Evans power shots & recover before Evans capitalizes on a hurt Davis, your sadly mistaken. BUT I dont think Davis would be able to absorb an Evans right hand or left hook & not be KO’d (IMO)