The next fight for the light heavyweight title in the UFC will pit champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua against top contender Rashad Evans, but it looks like that fight will have to wait until 2011.
UFC president Dana White, who said after Shogun's fight with Lyoto Machida that he was undergoing knee surgery, says that the champion is recovering well, but is likely out until next year.
"Shogun's great, his knee's coming along great, it's all good," said White. "He probably won't fight till next March."
Putting the fight back until March also puts Evans on the shelf for the rest of 2010, assuming the UFC wants to leave him as the top contender, while the rest of the division sorts itself out.
A rumored match-up between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was reported on Wednesday, but White put water on that fire saying they've made no decisions regarding the next round of fights for those involved.
The UFC president alluded to Jackson's continued work with promoting the "A-Team" movie overseas. Decisions will be made after he returns.
Other contenders like Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, and Rich Franklin will continue to battle it out and by the time Rua and Evans do go to battle, a new top dog in the division should be sorted out.