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Evans says he’s healthy, explains being pulled

06 August 2011: Rashad Evans corner scream last minute instructions before a Light Heavyweight bout with Tito Ortiz during UFC 133 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Like many of those looking forward to Saturday’s UFC 205 card, Rashad Evans was disappointed to hear he would not be competing at Madison Square Garden.

Evans was notified early Tuesday that his physicals would not meet the requirements set forth by the New York State Athletic Commission, meaning he would not be allowed to make the walk to the Octagon against Tim Kennedy.

He says concerns over his MRI are what prompted the decision to pull him from the card. All things considered, however, he says he’s physically healthy.

“I’m disappointed,” Evans told MMAFighting. “I’m healthy. I don’t want anyone worrying about me. I’m fine, physically speaking. Never felt better. It’s just the commission and their rules. I guess they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to this.”

Evans was set to make his middleweight debut Saturday, making the drop to 185 pounds after enjoying a successful career at 205 pounds for the past several years. Interestingly enough, Evans first made it onto the UFC roster after winning the second season of The Ultimate Fighter as a heavyweight.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion was looking to bounce back from two straight losses, the most recent of which saw him get knocked out by Glover Teixeira in April.

“Man, I had something special for Tim,” he said.

“This doesn’t change the fact that I want to fight. This doesn’t change anything for me as far as fighting.”

There’s no word on when Evans will be booked to fight again, or if the UFC will be able to find a replacement for Kennedy.

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