Rashad Evans will replace the injured Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to face Chuck Liddell at UFC 85, according to a report from MMAWeekly:
“‘Ultimate Fighter’ season 2 winner, Rashad Evans, has signed on to face Chuck â€œThe Icemanâ€ Liddell as the main event of the upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship show in London on June 7th as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com this evening.
Evans has long been rumored to face Brazilian light heavyweight Thiago Silva as a part of the May 24 card featuring B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk as the main event. Now Evans will step in to face Liddell.”
“Sugar” Rashad Evans (11-0-1 MMA, 6-0-1 UFC) remains undefeated, yet untested according to many in the MMA universe, so this fight should definitely help determine if Evans indeed has a place near the top of the UFC’s light-heavyweight division.
Evans will be giving up significant height, reach and experience to Liddell, who will likely be a heavy favorite going into the fight, especially after his recent win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79. Rashad Evans last appeared inside the octagon at UFC 78, where he walked away with a very close split decision win over Michael Bisping.