Tim Kennedy was met with disappointment once again, after Rashad Evans was removed from the rescheduled fight at UFC 206. This would mean the second cancellation of the bout that was originally scheduled for UFC 205 almost two weeks ago.
“I think it’s brain damage. Welcome to the sport where we punch each other in the head,” Kennedy said during Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “When you have to back-to-back athletic commissions not issuing you a license, I don’t know what that means for Rashad. It’s a slippery slope moving forward for him.”
It remains unclear why Evans was not given clearance to fight at the upcoming Toronto card on December 10. However, he did clarify through a recent tweet that retirement is out of the question.
Kennedy, for his part, is still eager to fight at UFC 206, that he has scoured the roster to look for a possible replacement for Evans, with just three weeks until fight night. One name he saw was that of former long-time middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
@SpiderAnderson I know it’s been a minute since you won a fight. I might be an easy match up. Bad wrestling, horrible striking. #ufc206 ?
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 22, 2016
The 41-year old Silva last fought at UFC 200, where he lost to Daniel Cormier via decision. He is currently on a four-fight skid, with his supposed win against Nick Diaz in early 2015 at UFC 183 overturned to a no contest due to drug test failures.