As announced during the post fight interview with Jon Jones, the young prospect will now face off against current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for his title at UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey. This information comes in light of the injury to former number-one contender Rashad Evans.
Evans, who is a teammate of Jones at Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting Team, was set to face off against Rua until news broke that he had suffered an injury to his knee. While it has been reported that he will not need surgery, he is unable to train and compete for at least an eight week period, according to UFC President Dana White.
Evans was last seen when he defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 last May. With that victory he earned the number one contenders slot against Rua who had defeated Lyoto Machida earlier that same month. Following that victory the champion was forced to take time off due to a knee injury of his own that required surgery. Instead of taking other bouts in the meantime and risk a setback, Evans decided to wait until the champion was ready to compete and get his shot at the belt. However, the injury will likely keep him sidelined well into the summer months.
UFC 128 is set to take place on March 19th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Other bouts on that card include WEC veteran Uriah Faber making his UFC debut against Eddie Wineland, and New Jersey natives Ricardo Almeida, Kurt Pellegrino, Jim Miller and Dan Miller will be in action as well.
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