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.