Rashad Evans will not be able to face Tim Kennedy next month at UFC 206 after the fight was moved from UFC 205.
Tim Kennedy told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour that the Office of the Athletics Commission in Ontario would not issue Evans a license to fight in the province. The same situation happened to him with the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) earlier this month, which resulted in the fight being eliminated from the card.
Evans’s manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, has confirmed what Kennedy stated but also claims there is nothing wrong with his client.
We still do not know the specific reason why the commissions won’t grant him a license other than the NYSAC reportedly saw an issue with his MRI. Here was the statement they released on November 9, 2016 regarding their detail to issue Rashad Evans a license to fight in the state:
Mr. Evans' license application was denied for medical reasons based upon Commission policies that are designed to protect the health and safety of professional combatants in New York State. Due to confidentiality and privacy laws, the Commission will not comment further.
The UFC is working on a replacement for Tim Kennedy, who is expected to fight at UFC 206.
UFC 206: Cormier vs. Johnson 2 will take place on December 10, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We'll have an exclusive live stream right here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
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