All hopes of Rashad competing in the UFC 205 showdown have been dashed as the fighter is said to have been informed that he would not be granted the license to compete for the November 12 event.

It was reported that Evans received the message from the New York State Athletic Commission for probable violation of anti-doping policy. The development means Rashad will no longer be competing against Tim Kennedy on the first UFC card at Madison Square Garden.

The 37-year-old fighter gave reasons for his non-inclusion for the UFC 120 when he revealed that an October 19 MRI revealed “irregular findings” which necessitated that he undergoes further test which came out negative. Having been cleared by the anti-doping agency, the fighter refused to disclose specifically the exact medical test he underwent as he felt he was cleared.

Following the cancellation of his fight with Kennedy, the 37-year-old told MMFighting:

“I’m healthy. I don’t want anyone worrying about me. I’m all right, physically speaking, never felt well. It’s just the Commission and their rules. I guess they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to this.”

The UFC sensation was hoping to make his middleweight debut at UFC as he currently weighs one hundred and ninety-six pounds, he maintained his cool on the situation by saying, Tuesday’s disappointment will not hinder him from fighting again as he is hoping the UFC books him in December. While commenting on his fight that was canceled, he added; “Man, I had something special for Tim, this doesn’t change the fact that I want to fight. This occurrence doesn’t make any difference for me as far as fighting.”

Before the cancellation of his bout, Evans was looking forward to redeeming himself after suffering a two-fight losing streak on Saturday night in his new weight class.

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