Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans hasnâ€™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 Jonesâ€™ 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 UFCâ€™s decision to make the December 10 match-up.
â€œAfter my last fight against Tito Ortiz, I dislocated my right thumb which required it to be set back in place and held with pins,â€ Evans stated in a press release from his management team. â€œ24 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.â€
â€œDana White and I spoke earlier today, and I fully understand his decision to put Machida against Jones for the title at UFC 140,â€ Evans continued. â€œGiven 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.”
Todayâ€™s news regarding Jones vs. Machida marked the second time a scheduled scrap between â€œBonesâ€ 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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