The most loaded lineup in UFC history just became a little bit less so.
The UFC 205 middleweight matchup between former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy is off due to an issue with Evans' medical work. MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani confirmed an initial Tuesday report by ESPN.com.
The 37-year-old Evans (19-5-1) was slated to make his middleweight debut after losing two straight fights. He hasn't won a fight since defeating Chael Sonnen at UFC 167. According to a source, an undisclosed medical issue came up in Evans' testing, and the New York State Athletic Commission chose to keep Evans out of the fight as a precautionary measure.
Kennedy (18-5), for his part, has been vocal in his complaints about the UFC in recent months, and has intimated the bout with Evans could be the last of his MMA career. The 37-year-old JacksonWink fighter has not competed since a controversial loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 178.
The bout was scheduled to take place on the FS1 preliminary card of Saturday's event at New York City's Madison Square Garden. There is no word yet on which undercard bout would fill Evans-Kennedy's slot.