Rashad Evans Has Second ACL Surgery, Faces Six-to-Nine-Month Comeback Trail

February 12, 2015
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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.

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Rashad Evans 478x270Despite 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.”

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  • Groinstrike

    Really sucks. Rashad is a great fighter but this means by the time he’s ready to fight he will have gone 2 years without a fight, and he most likely has less than 5 years left in his fight career. I’m hoping that he drops to 185, and doesn’t start off fighting too high level of fighters until after a few good warm up fights.

    • shakejunt

      i’d like to see him vs shogun at either weight. 2 guys on the downside that’ll still bring some eyes.

      • Groinstrike

        I actually think he could take Jones IF, and it’s a big IF he wasn’t so tentative. He has shown incredible punching power at certain times. He is highly skilled, and very powerful. I’d like to see him show more aggression. Fight every round like he has to win.

        • Hugh Shakeshaft

          He’s a fighter capable of great things if he can get his head right and remain injury free. Bad news for 205.

        • shakejunt

          that’s just how he fights after the machida loss. he gave jones a good war, but that was 3 years ago and rashad is at a different point in his career. guys rarely seem to come back 100% after knee surgeries and the long layoffs associated with them.

  • cheflacsto

    I don’t think Rashad was on the downswing at all. He looked really strong and powerful in his destruction of Chael and had another previous win. Rashad is the one guy that if he beat Glover or D.C. could of got the next shot at Jon. (if he beats rumble)

    • deepgrim

      yes i agree i was impressed the way way he tore chael apart, thought he looked like the rashad of old and was really looking forward to seeing him fight again. but he is going to be rusty now when he comes back

    • uncle

      Safe to say Chael isn’t a striker, He didn’t look great fighting Hendo or Lil Nog
      He wouldn’t try that sh*t with them I want to see him fight OSP.

      • cheflacsto

        I would like that fight, I am just not sure he will even fight again. I think its gonna be close to two years.

  • I think he should fight “Machida” and avenge that horrible knockout loss. I think he’s humbled a lot and mature in his fighting style to return “Machida” the favor….. MAKE IT HAPPEN UFC!!!!!!!!

    • Darin

      Machida is his actual name, no need to put it in quotes.