Rashad Evans medically cleared to face Daniel Kelly at UFC 209

Rashad Evans medically cleared to face Daniel Kelly at UFC 209

Rashad Evans had been denied two separate licences in November and December.

By John Balfe - 15 Feb 2017

Rashad Evans, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, has been granted a license to compete against Daniel Kelly at UFC 209.

Evans was booked to fight Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 last November but the New York Athletic Commission denied him a license following irregularities in his pre-fight medicals. The fight was subsequently re-booked for UFC 206 in Toronto in early December. However, the Ontario Athletic Commission took their lead from their New York equivalent and also denied Evans a license.

It’s a case of third time’s a charm for Evans, though, as he has been granted full permission to compete at UFC 209 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission where he will compete against 39-year-old Australian fighter Daniel Kelly.

The ruling was granted on Tuesday, according to ESPN, after NSAC executive director Bob Bennett announced that a team of physicians had thoroughly reviewed Evans’ medical records and found no cause of for not allowing him to compete.

UFC 209 takes place on March 4th inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is scheduled to be headlined by the welterweight title rematch between champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson.