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According to sources, UFC Light Heavyweight contender, Phil Davis has suffered a left knee injury. Due to the injury, he will have to withdraw from his UFC 133 Co-Main Event match with former champion, Rashad Evans. Davis and Evans were scheduled to meet at UFC 133 on August 6th, but now the UFC is scrambling to find a replacement.
MMA Fighting writer, Mike Chiappetta reports Tito Ortiz was offered Davis’ spot by Dana White but was turned down. Dana White confirmed this in a text to MMA Fighting. This would have been a rematch of the controversial Evans vs. Ortiz match in 2007, which gave Evans the win.
Speculation is that Ortiz (winner of his first fight in 5 years) turned down the spot due to insufficient time to prepare for the fight. The current name floating around as a replacement is Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida but nothing is confirmed at this point.
As of now, Rashad Evans remains oponentless. Should Evans remain on the UFC 133 card, whomever the opponent may be will also potentially suffer from a lack of preparation time.
UPDATE: According to Dana White and Tito Ortiz’ Twitter Account, Tito Ortiz will in fact replace Phil Davis.
“UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida” takes place Nov. 20 at the Palace at Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. The evening’s main event sees former light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida clash, while the night’s co-feature sees MMA legends Matt Hughes and B.J. Penn clash for a third time.
Jackson (30-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC) looks to bounce back from a May loss to nemesis Rashad Evans at UFC 114. The contest was the culmination of 14 months worth of rivalry and a coaching gig on “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite Evans. Prior to the loss, Jackson had earned back-to-back victories over Keith Jardine and Wanderlei Silva.
Meanwhile, Machida (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) also looks to bounce back from a loss – the first defeat of his career. “The Dragon” was knocked out in the first round of his May rematch with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and relinquished his belt in the process. Prior to the defeat, Machida had earned eight-straight UFC wins and both claimed and once defended the UFC’s light heavyweight title.