The middleweight bout between Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 on Saturday has been cancelled after the former was denied a license to fight by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC).
Evans, a former light heavyweight champion who was set to make his 185-pound debut on the weekend, revealed to MMA Fighting that an MRI he took showed "irregular findings" but that he passed follow-up tests the commission asked him to take.
I apologize to my fans and everyone that helped me prepare for this monumental event #ufc205. I got pulled of the card because I didn't meet the NY commissions medical standards. I am medically fine so please don't worry about me. I will share more at another time but right now I just need to digest months of hard work and preparations. ?Thanks for your support! ? #Repost @danawhite with @repostapp ・・・ He's off the NYC card but HOLY SHIT @sugarashadevans at 195Lbs in this pic
"I'm disappointed," Evans said.
"I'm healthy. I don't want anyone worrying about me.
“I'm fine, physically speaking, never felt better.
“It's just the commission and their rules. I guess they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to this."
While many initially feared that this was the latest doping scandal to hit the UFC, that now seems unlikely after it was confirmed by the company that both fighters will get their show bonus.
The UFC has said it will not be replacing the fight on the card.