MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Kelly set for UFC 209, Luis Henrique off next week’s UFC 208 card

480 Rashad Evans vs. Dan Kelly set for UFC 209 Rashad Evans hopes to finally make his return to the cage at UFC 209 as he faces Dan Kelly. The matchup was first reported by Evans (19-5-1) was slated to fight Tim Kennedy at UFC 205, but an issue on his pre-fight medical exam caused the New York State Athletic Commission not to license him. The matchup was later rebooked for UFC 206, but the Ontario Athletic Commission also denied the former UFC light heavyweight champion. The 37-year old Evans is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC on FOX 19 last year and will be making his middleweight debut. Kelly (12-1) is currently riding a three-fight win streak, including a unanimous-decision victory over Chris Camozzi at UFC Fight Night 101 back in November. UFC 209 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 4th. UFC seeks a replacement for Marcin Tybura as Luis Henrique now off UFC 208  MMAJunkie reported on Tuesday that heavyweight Luis Henrique (10-2) has been forced to withdraw from next week’s UFC 208 event. As a result, the Las Vegas-based promotion is currently seeking an opponent for Marcin Tybura (14-2). The report did not say why Henrique has been removed from the card. UFC 208 takes place February 11th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Here’s an updated look at the card… Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie –  inaugural women’s featherweight title Derek Brunson vs. Anderson Silva Tim Boetsch vs. Ronaldo Souza Jared Cannonier vs. Glover Teixeira Jim Miller vs. Dustin Poirier Wilson Reis vs. Ulka Sasaki Nik Lentz vs. Islam Makhachev Jarred Brooks vs. Ian McCall Marcin Tybura vs. TBA Roan Carneiro vs. Ryan LaFlare Rick Glenn vs. Phillipe Nover Randy Brown vs. TBA

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