Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans was sidelined for all of 2014, and will be for most of 2015 as well after having a second ACL surgery. The news was reported on this week’s edition of UFC Tonight.
Evans was expected to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 in January 2014, but was forced out of the fight due to a knee injury. He underwent ACL reconstruction surgery using cadaver replacement ligaments. His body rejected the replacement and in December the ligament failed.
Despite having only one good knee, Evans accepted a fight with Glover Teixeira for the UFC Fight Night 61 card, but Teixeira pulled out of the bout, citing a knee injury of his own.
Evans recently underwent a second ACL reconstruction procedure and expects to be sidelined for an additional six to nine months. The 35-year-old last fought at UFC 167 in November 2013.
The former champion plans to rehabilitate and return to fighting. He told UFC Tonight that he’s not going out like this and that he’s on the “comeback trail.”