That's not a joke.
Rashad Evans -- who was scheduled to fight Thiago Silva (UFC 84), then Chuck Liddell, then James Irvin and finally Luis Cane -- will now fight no one at UFC 85: "Bedlam" at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7.
This despite an official report just yesterday evening that Cane was going to be pulled from his bout with Jason Lambert and he would take on Evans. Now the bout between Cane and Lambert is back on again and "Sugar" will fight another day ... just not on June 7.
The middleweight showdown between Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites has been promoted to the televised portion of the pay-per-view (PPV) main card.
Here's the snip from UFC.com:
"After more twists and turns than a Hollywood thriller, June 7th’s UFC 85: Bedlam show has finally been set with 11 fights. Included is a move of the intriguing middleweight clash between Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites to the pay-per-view portion of the card, and a scrapping of the Rashad Evans vs James Irvin bout due to a broken foot suffered by Irvin. Evans, who was originally scheduled to take on Chuck Liddell on the card before ‘The Iceman’ tore a hamstring in his right leg, will not be fighting on June 7th."
UFC 85, which features the main event between former welterweight champion Matt Hughes and Thiago Alves, is now set to showcase 11 fights.
Here's the line up:
Matt Hughes (42-6) vs. Thiago Alves (14-3)
Main card (televised):
185 lbs.: Michael Bisping (15-1) vs. Jason Day (17-5)
170 lbs.: Mike Swick (11-2) vs. Marcus Davis (14-3)
185 lbs.: Nate Marquardt (26-7) vs. Thales Leites (12-1)
265 lbs.: Brandon Vera (8-1) vs. Fabricio Werdum (10-3-1)
Under card (May not be broadcast):
185 lbs.: Martin Kampmann (15-2) vs. Jorge Rivera (15-6)
155 lbs.: Thiago Tavares (13-1) vs. Matt Wiman (9-3)
170 lbs.: Roan Carneiro (12-6) vs. Ryo Chonan (14-8)
205 lbs.: Jason Lambert (23-7) vs. Luis Arthur Cane (7-1)
170 lbs.: Jess Liaudin (12-9) vs. Paul Taylor (8-3-1)
265 lbs.: Neil Wain (4-0) vs. Antoni Hardonk (6-4)
Removing Evans from the card actually makes sense -- there was no real upside in a fight with Cane. His sights are set on a light heavyweight title shot and a win over Cane would not do much to improve his standing in a very crowded 205-pound division.
And a loss would have been a major setback.
It's just too bad we won't get to see him take on Silva this Saturday as originally planned ... that's a good fight.
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