Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans hasn’t been one to bite his tongue when it comes to criticism of former teammate, and current title-holder, Jon Jones. However, rather than criticize news relating to Jones’ accepting a fight with Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, Evans spoke out on the matter this afternoon and only offered insight into his injury while showing acceptance of the UFC’s decision to make the December 10 match-up.
“After my last fight against Tito Ortiz, I dislocated my right thumb which required it to be set back in place and held with pins,” Evans stated in a press release from his management team. “24 hours ago my physician removed the pins. At that time, I learned it would require another three weeks of rehabilitation before engaging in any exercise or training that would require the use of my hand.”
“Dana White and I spoke earlier today, and I fully understand his decision to put Machida against Jones for the title at UFC 140,” Evans continued. “Given the rehabilitation time I require for my dislocated thumb, I would not be 100 percent ready by December 10. The UFC has to keep making fights that entertain the fans. I would have done the same thing as Dana in his position. I’m asking for the fans to support me as I rehabilitate my hand, and I promise I will be back fighting very quickly.”
Today’s news regarding Jones vs. Machida marked the second time a scheduled scrap between “Bones” and Evans was laid to waste due to a hand injury with Jones having to withdraw from a planned pairing in August at UFC 133.
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