After some healthy back and forth barbs between Tim Kennedy and Rashad it went downhill. At UFC 205 the former training partners were supposed to meet, but an undisclosed medical condition is reportedly the culprit for the removal of Rashad Evans from the bout. A statement and confirmation was issued earlier this week. Now, it appears that Kennedy’s preparations were in vain and the UFC is removing him altogether from the card.
MMAWeekly received this statement from the UFC:
The UFC organization was notified (Tuesday) that the New York State Athletic Commission has denied Rashad Evans a license to compete at UFC 205 due to a medical issue. Evans’ scheduled bout against Tim Kennedy this coming Saturday, November 12 in New York, will be removed from the fight card. However, both athletes will receive their show money. There are currently no plans to replace this bout.
It is a tremendous disappointment for Tim who recently stated a victory would have to put him in the mix for the middleweight title. Sadly, he will not have an opportunity to earn that right at UFC 205.
Kennedy and Evans will be paid their show money despite the bout’s cancellation.