Rashad Evans to undergo knee surgery, expected to be out six months

Elias Cepeda

There's more bad news for Rashad Evans this week. The former light heavyweight champion was forced out of the co-main event for this Saturday's UFC 170 against Daniel Cormier last week with a knee injury.

The UFC had originally hoped that Evans would need just a month or so of physical rehab to get back in fighting form but "Suga" has announced that he needs surgery and will be out of commission for much longer, now.

According to his team's official site, "Rashad will undergo surgery this week with Dr. Kvitne in Los Angeles, California. Rashad’s medical team expects him to be out of active training for 6 months."

Evans appears to be retaining his optimism in a statement given on the Blackzilians website. "I am deeply disappointed to be missing the action at UFC 170," he said.

"I am, as always, incredibly grateful for the support of my family, friends, management, the UFC, and most of all my fans during this minor setback. Thank you for your continued messages of support. I’ll be back stronger than ever!"

Evans last fought and won with one-sided first round TKO over Chael Sonnen last November. Prior to that, Evans won a split decision over former two-division Pride champion Dan Henderson in June.

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