It appears that a light heavyweight battle between former UFC champion Rashad Evans and rising contender Phil Davis has been re-scheduled for UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28 in Chicago. The fight was reported by ESPN.com late Tuesday evening, citing anonymous sources.
The two were originally slated to headline UFC 133 in August, but and knee injury sidelined Davis. Evans went on to defeat Tito Ortiz at UFC 133, but was then put on the shelf with a hand injury that kept him out of a title fight with Jon Jones.
Now it appears that Evans and Davis will likely headline the UFC’s sophomore effort on Fox.
Evans (16-1-1), coming off of the victory over Ortiz, has a lot on the line. He needs a victory to keep his No. 1 contender status in tact. Evans been chasing Jones ever since his former teammate won the belt at UFC 128 in March.
Davis (9-0) faces the biggest challenge of his career, fighting a former champion. A victory over Evans would prove Davis’ place in the division, propelling him straight into title contention.
UFC on Fox 2 is slated for Jan. 28 at the United Center in Chicago.