The UFC announced Monday in a statement that the Ontario Athletic Commission would not approve Rashad Evans’s license to fight at UFC 206 next month for the same reason the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) declined to license him at UFC 205. The promotion is encouraging Evans to seek medical advice about the issue before being scheduled for another fight.
Rashad Evans was scheduled to fight Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 in New York City but the NYSAC wouldn’t approve his license to fight due to an issue found on his MRI. He was already on his way to New York when he got the news. UFC rescheduled the fight for next month’s UFC 206 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada but Kennedy confirmed in a media interview on The MMA Hour Evans was out due to the Ontario Athletic Commission not approving him to fight.
Here’s what Evans tweeted about the issue:
Here’s the statement from UFC:
UFC has been notified by the Ontario Athletic Commission that it has declined to approve a license for middleweight Rashad Evans, based on the recent medical issue that prohibited him from competing at UFC 205 in New York City. As a result, Evans' rescheduled bout against Tim Kennedy, set for UFC 206 in Toronto on Saturday, December 10, has subsequently been cancelled."
The UFC organization takes the health and safety of all athletes competing under the UFC banner very seriously and has encouraged Evans to take all the appropriate time to consult with his physicians and properly evaluate his medical status prior to scheduling any future bouts.
The UFC is working to find a new opponent for Tim Kennedy, which we have more on at this link.
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