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Rashad Evans injured, UFC 170 co-main event fight against Daniel Cormier canceled

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A thin card just got thinner. No pressure, Ronda.

Kevin C. Cox

Former Heavyweight standout Daniel Cormier will have several more weeks to make his cut to Light Heavyweight.

That's because his upcoming opponent, Rashad Evans, at UFC 170, which takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, in little more than one week (Sat., Feb. 22, 2014), has been forced to withdraw from the meaningful mixed martial arts (MMA) match with a leg injury.

"DC," as a result, will have his 205-pound debut delayed.

UFC.com breaks the awful news:

"A leg injury has forced former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans out of his UFC 170 co-main event bout with Daniel Cormier on February 22 in Las Vegas. With the event date rapidly approaching, there will be no replacement fight, and the card -- headlined by the UFC women's bantamweight championship match between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann -- will continue with 10 bouts."

It's unclear at this time how severe the injury to "Suga" is and whether or not the fight against Cormier will simply be re-booked at a later date. The Welterweight showdown between Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia will now more than likely serve as the pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event.

UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, as already mentioned, will put her 135-pound title on the line against fellow undefeated Olympian and all-around badass, Sara McMann, in the main event of the evening. Rousey has been touted as a big box office draw since her "Rowdy" arrival, but never before has she been asked to literally carry the weight of a PPV card on her shoulders alone.

Huge test.

To see who else is still getting down and dirty in "Sin City" (for now) check out the current UFC 170 fight card and rumors here.