UFC: Rashad Evans Says Thumb Almost Healed, Is Ready to Train Again

Mike HodgesCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2011

Rashad Evans defeats Tito Ortiz at UFC 133. Courtesy of ESPN.co.uk
Rashad Evans defeats Tito Ortiz at UFC 133. Courtesy of ESPN.co.uk

Despite suffering a thumb injury during his bout against Tito Ortiz at UFC 133, Rashad Evans isn't too concerned about it affecting him. 

Evans returned after a 14-month layoff to defeat Ortiz in a dominant victory that earned him a shot at the UFC light-heavyweight title. 

"[My thumb is] pretty good," Evans said following the UFC-on-FOX press conference earlier this week. "I just got three pins into the thumb. The thumb is completely broken; it's shattered."

The injury came just moments into the fight when Evans was trying to finish Ortiz. Evans, however, underwent an operation to repair the damage and assured everyone he will begin training in the next few weeks. 

"They put some pins in it to hold it together for a few weeks," said Evans. "I have got like four more weeks of this, and then I am good to train again."

Evans will now await the winner between Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135.

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