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Rashad Evans Becomes the Latest UFC Fighter to Turn Down Glover Teixeira

(It’s not that Rashad hasn’t been training — it’s that he’s only been training in the loosest, most Hawaiian sense of the word.)

Has Glover Teixeira become the most ducked fighter in the UFC? Mauricio “Shogun” Rua allegedly wanted nothing to do with him. Stephan Bonnar refused to fight him on the basis of twitter count. And now Rashad Evans has admitted to turning down a proposed match against the Brazilian light-heavyweight up-and-comer at UFC 153, due to the short-notice nature of the fight.

If you’ll recall, Teixeira was originally supposed to face Quinton Jackson at the October 13th event in Rio, before Rampage went down with an elbow injury. The UFC then asked Evans to come in as a replacement, but couldn’t make a deal with him. As Evans explained on the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight show:

They offered me a fight, but it was against Glover Teixeira and I only had three weeks to fight and I haven’t been training. I was like, ‘no way, not with that notice in Brazil.’”

Perhaps the fans weren’t as supportive of this choice as Rashad was expecting them to be, because he got on twitter yesterday to explain himself even further:

“I will fight anybody with the proper notice.. But after 8yrs with the UFC & being one of their top earners. Y would I take a bad fight?! … Bad fight meaning not being in shape. Losing is hard enough but I will never serve myself up! If I’m haven’t been training I won’t fight! … I know alot of u fans may not realize but I don’t walk around ready 2 fight. No one does. In this sport it takes at least 8wks 2 b ready! … Fighting another person is much harder than most ppl think & if im not training it takes time 2 get ready. There r no easy fights!”

In the immediate wake of Dana White publicly blasting Matt Mitrione for turning down an offer to fight Daniel Cormier, it’s worth asking, once again: Is turning down a high-profile fight due to lack of preparation time really a “smart personal career decision” when you know that it will draw the fury of your boss? In Rashad’s case, it’s completely understandable — if he’s not in shape, he shouldn’t take the fight, simple as that. But since Rashad has already spent time on the Dana White Shit List for choosing not to fight, it doesn’t bode well for his future treatment by the company.

Meanwhile, Glover Teixeira continues to be the lonely girl at the dance, waiting for someone to love him, waiting for someone to kiss him. Keep your chin up, bro. They just don’t see the beauty that’s inside you.

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RwilsonR- October 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm
Where's Chael P. Sonnen to come and save the day? Actually, beating Glover might really put him near the top of 205 at this point.
BaghdadBob- October 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm
I agree. Too bad Chael would get murdered.
Pen Fifteen- October 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm
Perhaps you can explain to us some of the inconsistencies at work here Nippletwist...or maybe you can go back to rubbing one out to your Jon Jones action figure collection.
Nippletwist- October 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm
@kevinb77 exactly, people are completely inconsistent with their reasoning and standards because they're suffering from confirmation bias
ArmFarmer- October 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm
Different circumstances call for different reactions. Jones was already finishing up a full training camp, was expecting to face a wrestler with good hands, and was asked to fight a guy beneath his weight class with a huge name and drawing power that would have come in as a 10-1ish under dog. Rashad is being asked to fight a killer with no name recognition or draw on the other side of the equator with no camp. Not quite the same thing.
holeeball- October 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm
Turning down fights and TRT are trending this week on MMA. Buy buy buy.
boober- October 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Holy cabbage patch.
Pen Fifteen- October 1, 2012 at 11:31 am
How does a loss on short-notice not hurt Rashad? Hardcore fans know Glover is the real deal, but he has never beaten a top 10 opponent. Please, someone here give me one example in which an established guy took a fight against an unknown killer under similar circumstances.

The important difference between Rashad and Jones is that Jones was actively training for a fight, whereas Rashad wasn't. If you've ever played a sport that relies on single-performance peaking, you understand how this works. There is a huge difference between day-to-day shape and peak shape, even for someone who trains year-round, which you can guarantee Rashad does.
kevinb77- October 1, 2012 at 11:26 am
Yet people wanna give Jones shit for not taking a title defense against Sonnen on 7 days notice. Some fickle fans out there!
cman- October 1, 2012 at 11:26 am
If your established you have less to lose. A loss on short notice doesn't hurt you. A duck does. Up and comers have a 50/50. Look at mayhem, he took TUF covering sonnen and got dropped in the heavy end of the pool and never got his footing in the UFC. A bad showing just added pressure. Mayhem has never looked as bad as his 2 UFC fights.
shatterproof- October 1, 2012 at 10:47 am
When they need last minute replacements... they should be looking to up-and-comers who want that big opportunity. not established guys who have everything to loose.
NukeBlast- October 1, 2012 at 10:20 am
In this sport it takes at least 8wks 2 b ready!

I think it means :
In this sport it takes at least 8wks 2 clean tha blood !
cman- October 1, 2012 at 8:54 am
I agree drunk. I've met Evans a few times and he walks at maybe 225. It's not like a Maynard looking to drop 60#s.
FilmDrunk- October 1, 2012 at 8:45 am
It being in Brazil against a beast are complicating factors that make me not blame him, but generally speaking, shouldn't you always be in shape? Maybe not at your ideal weight, but at least in shape?
cman- October 1, 2012 at 8:39 am
I'm no fan of having to switch game plans and ducking. I can sort of understand out of shape refusals.
I CAN NOT understand a professional fighter outside injury not training. Shad is the head of blackzillas, coming off a loss, and he isn't in the gym looking to improve? Has no team mates he's working with to get ready? Yeah fuck that. Someone is making to much in appearance fees and announcing gigs.
Lost me AGAIN shad.
Fried Taco- October 1, 2012 at 8:06 am
Todd would take this fight, he is always ready!!! War Todd!!

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