UFC 172 could become a mini-light heavyweight tournament, as UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta wants the cancelled Daniel Cormier-Rashad Evans bout re-booked for the April card.
Fertitta told LA Times writer Lance Pugmire that is the plan after Evans suffered a knee injury and was forced out of next Saturday’s co-main event fight. The bout would go down April 26 from Baltimore where UFC champion Jon Jones meets Glover Teixeira and Anthony Johnson takes on Phil Davis.
Evans suffered the injury in training, but is not expected to undergo surgery. Cormier was looking to make his debut at 205 pounds, and reached out through Twitter to keep himself on the UFC 170 card.
Jones has previously beaten Evans, but the former champion has worked his way back into contention for a possible title shot. Davis is also highly ranked, while Johnson is returning to the UFC after finally deciding to compete at light heavyweight following struggles making weight before.