Rashad Evans vs Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 is off. Brett Okamoto from ESPN broke the news on twitter after speaking with UFC president Dana White.
With Dana White right now, tells me Evans/Kennedy is off due to an issue with Evans’s medicals. More info to come.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 8, 2016
In a statement to Ariel Helwani, Rashad Evans explained “I’m disappointed. I’m healthy. I don’t want anyone to worrying about me. I’m fine, physically speaking. Never felt better. It’s just the commission and their rules. I guess they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to this.”
According to MMAFighting.com Evans said that an MRI done on October 19th revealed “irregular findings.” He said he was then asked by the New York State Athletic Commission to undergo further tests that Evans said he passed but was then sent an email to say that he would not be granted permission to fight. Evans refused to disclose to MMAFighting.com what medical issue came up leading to the refusal.
The bout was scheduled for the UFC 205 TV prelims and would of seen Kennedy return to the octagon since his controversial loss to Yoel Romero back in september 2014. Evans last fought in April when he lost to Glover Teixeira by KO in round 1. He has lost two in a row since returning to the octagon after two years out.
This is the first bout to be cancelled on what is expected to be a monumental event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Stay tuned for more updates.