The UFC 170 fight card has lost its co-main event, as Rashad Evans was forced to withdraw from his light heavyweight match-up with Daniel Cormier.
UFC officials announced the injury on Wednesday and Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports confirmed that Evans will not need surgery, but will need four weeks of rehab.
Evans (19-3-1) is currently riding high after getting back to back wins over Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen this year. The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner is on the hunt for a title shot again, and will need another big win to help his case.
Cormier (13-0) may not have had a fight at light heavyweight yet, but some people are already saying he should be fast-tracked towards a title shot. That’s because the former Olympic wrestler has plowed through 13 straight heavyweights, often making it look easy.
The UFC has confirmed that no replacement will be made for Cormier and the fight card will continue with 10 bouts.
UFC 170 will go down on February 22 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. Headlining the event will be Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann for the women’s bantamweight championship.