ESPN is reporting Rashad Evans will return to action in January against Phil Davis. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images)
Evans (16-1-1) has famously been chasing a title shot for most of 2010 and 2011, but due to various injuries and delays, Evans has yet to cash on the opportunity he earned by beating Quinton Jackson in March 2010.
He returned to action in August against Davis injury replacement Tito Ortiz and defeated the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion by second round TKO. He was again slotted to face current champion Jon Jones, but a hand injury took Evans out of the top contender running and the opportunity was given to Lyoto Machida on December 10th.
The 27-year-old Davis (9-0) is undefeated in his three-year career and is 5-0 in the UFC with wins over Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Rodney Wallace, Tim Boetsch and most recently, a March decision win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Evans and Davis were set to battle at UFC 133 but Davis had to withdraw due to knee injury. Neither the UFC, Davis or Evans has confirmed via social media at the time of this writing.