Rashad Evans really, really wanted to fight Jon Jones in December.
Rumors began surfacing on Wednesday that the UFC were trying to put together a December fight at UFC 140 between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Rashad Evans, but UFC president Dana White quickly threw water on the story stating that Evans still had pins in his hand from an injury suffered in his fight with Tito Ortiz.
Sources speaking to MMAWeekly.com verified that Evans actually had the pins removed from his hand on Wednesday, but the former light heavyweight champion will have to undergo about three weeks of physical therapy before he’s allowed to return to full training.
Evans is scheduled to appear at this weekend’s UFC Fan Expo in Houston, and will not begin his treatment until next week.
By the time the treatment ends, Evans would only be about four weeks out from his scheduled bout with Jon Jones, also not knowing if physical therapy would go well or if he wouldn’t suffer any setbacks during that time period.
According to sources, Evans was chomping at the bit to accept a fight with Jones in December, but the hand injury and his doctor’s advice simply outweighed his desire.
For now however, Evans will rehab his hand and wait for the call from the UFC to book his fight with Jon Jones.
It just won’t be on Dec. 10 at UFC 140.