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Rashad Evans Expects Next Title Shot ‘When Dana White Likes Me Enough’

(“To: Rashad. Some glass trinkets to go with your jaw. Merry Xmas! From: Dana.” PicProps: Sherdog)

We could spend all day debating the wisdom of Rashad Evans sitting out the last nine months while waiting for his title shot against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. In retrospect, that probably wasn’t the greatest move. Evans – who ain’t no spring chicken at 31 years old — essentially squandered what otherwise might have been one of the most lucrative years of his MMA career trying to preserve a fight that now may never happen at all. In the process, he pissed off his notoriously erratic boss and (to hear the fighter himself tell it) put his entire future in the light heavyweight division at risk.

Even though the decision seemed justified at the time, deep down Evans might wish he could take that one back. At least publicly however, he’s holding the line. As the great poet Coolio once said, wishing is for suckers, and Rashad? Well, a few weeks after seeing his next chance at that 205-pound strap evaporate when he got his knee rolled up during a freak accident in the training room, he still says he wouldn’t change a thing …
“Even knowing what I know now about what would happen during training, I’d make that same decision (to wait for Rua) again,” Evans told MMA this week. “The problem is, there’s no governing body to the UFC to decide who gets the title shot. There’s no ranking, so how do I know when I’ll get a title shot again? What, when Dana White likes me enough? It’s basically on when he likes me, and you know as well as I know, that’s not that often. If I get the opportunity to fight for a title because he says so, then I’m going to take it. If I have to wait to take it, I’ll wait to take it.”

White has admittedly not been the biggest Rashad Evans fan during the last few weeks. He’s criticized Evans’ decision to pass up other opportunities to fight for the UFC while Rua was out rehabbing his own injury. He’s criticized Evans’ steadfast contention that he won’t fight his friends and training partners in the Octagon. He’s criticized Evans’ most recent fight with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, which White called “boring” and then quipped, “I don’t want to see that fucking fight again.” Instead, Rampage will fight Matt Hamill at UFC 130 and Evans is still without an upcoming opponent.

“Dana White says what he says, and one thing you can always appreciate him for is his honesty,” said Evans, which sounds suspiciously like the Christian way of saying ‘fuck you too, Dana.’ “I guess sometimes his honesty doesn’t favor me, but that’s fine. That’s okay. He can say our fight was boring, but I have a different perspective being in the fight … He says a Hamill (vs. Rampage) fight would be more exciting? I mean, we’ll see. Hamill has pretty much the same style that I have, so we’ll see if Hamill’s able to make it more exciting than I was. If he’s saying it was boring because of me, I don’t understand that. I watched the Machida and Rampage fight, and that fight was pretty boring to me.”

As far as White’s decision to hand Evans’ title shot to his young teammate Jon Jones? Evans contends both he and Jones are at peace with it. In fact, he tosses around a lot of “whatever will be, will be” and “it’s out of our hands”-style quotes about Jones’ upcoming fight with Rua in this interview.

“It’s hard,” said Evans. “Of course it’s hard. I can’t lie and say it’s not hard or that I don’t think sometimes, I wish it was me. But I believe that everything happens for a reason … I told (Jones), ‘Listen, after you destroy (Ryan Bader), everybody’s going to be talking and saying you should fight Rashad or whatever, but understand that whatever’s meant for you is meant for you, and whatever’s meant for me is meant for me’ … Neither of us controls the key to the future. It’s out of our hands, so whatever happens, happens.”

Hmmm, now that sounds suspiciously like the Christian way of saying, “We choose not to confront this emotionally and morally difficult situation, instead we choose to believe forces beyond our control will take care of it for us.”

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theiceman00000- February 23, 2011 at 5:12 am
If Rashad had of taken the Rua fight and was back champion again was Jones going to move divisions? I dont think so.

I question Rashads injury announcement, personally I think he was avoiding the humiliation of being destroyed by his team mate!
fatbellyfrank- February 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm
Im not a Rashad hater, IMO he's got a big future in media work, commentary etc because he does it well and once again IMO comes across as a likeable and knowledgable fighter/commentor, however, as a competitive fighter in the mix for a title,on what fucken planet is it a good idea to take yourself out of the game for nearly 12 months?If I was dana I woulda thrown him a fight with Hamill or Ortiz and told him to get in the cage or find other employment. I know UFC and MMA in general dont have the clearest paths to title contention, but taking yourself out of the picture completely when your fit to fight? makes no sense to me at all.
Endless Soldier- February 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm
@mDino Most of us aren't "racist, stupid haters." We just prefer not to take everything so seriously, especially at a harmless quip referencing Rashad's only loss. I'm no hater nor the biggest fan of Rashad, but that caption made me laugh.
darciesdaddy- February 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm
I was just wondering what was missing when I logged onto sites for MMA news. This article made me realize what I was missing; there's not nearly enough Christian bashing.

Kudos to you.
mDino- February 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm
everyones entitled to their opinion. obv rashad is good and doesn't have a glass jaw. most haters on this site are either racist or stupid bc rashad hasn't done anything irrational since he chirped matt hughes back on tuf. stop hating, hes not the best, but hes a decent fighter/person. dana white should be the one chirped if anything.
jimbonics- February 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm
Oh, is that the one about the hooker with the dysentery?
ccman- February 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Go back to sf failure to put on an april show thread. Left you a love letter... just remember, I'm still the male in this relationship puddin.
RSparrow- February 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm
Rashad has taken some hard licks... glass jaw? Nah. Kinda boring as of late? Absolutely. He's still a very legitimate contender, but I wish he would bring back his killer instinct, Super Nintendo style.
danomite- February 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm
didn't grispi choose not to sit it out? or was he forced to take another fight? either way i'm sure there are examples of staying active backfiring on a guy the way sitting out backfired on rashad. I guess if he didn't need the money the best thing was to sit out. that's what i would have done.
Morningwood- February 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm
I think Rashad should move to Strike Force. Mostly cuz I don't have showtime!!
ccman- February 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm
I think shad brings most of the hate upon himself. He stood on the sideline scared to lose his title shot, has been offered every fight imaginable for the last 9 months and ducked them all, and honestly... do you think dw gave him the uf exposure to watch all marketability be destroyed by inactivity? If it was my biz I would have said fight or leave.
fACE7biter- February 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm
You know I never thought about it this way, but Rashad sitting out for a year was pretty stupid if only because he pissed away a year of his athletic prime. Being in his early thirties and contending with injuries at times, theres only so many fights he can get in before he experience a decline in performance. He should have fought if only to keep sharp, keep his fans, and make some cash(if he really so well off he doesn't have to work for a year?) I hope if Rashad does move to middleweight, he fights Chael Sonnen and gets demolished.
Morningwood- February 22, 2011 at 11:59 am
Gladheateher - gotcha. brilliant
portland mma- February 22, 2011 at 11:53 am
@ mat84

I'm not a big Rashad fan but the dude has only been knocked out one time, I wouldn't consider that having a glass chin.
Fried Taco- February 22, 2011 at 11:52 am
No one noticed that Rashad is wearing a Rampage shirt in the pic?
manutdfan- February 22, 2011 at 11:49 am
You get a PotatoPoint(patent pending) for the Usual Suspects reference, Macreadyshack.
cursed5- February 22, 2011 at 11:46 am
I'm with you, Smitty. I think people hate Rashad because he grabs his dick in the Octagon.
Gladheateher- February 22, 2011 at 11:42 am
macreadysshack Says:

Tue, 02/22/11 - 11:20

JBJ will flip you. He’ll flip you for real.

Benicio Del Toro says that line in The Usual Suspects.
Very entertaining.
mat84- February 22, 2011 at 11:34 am
rashad is the biggest idiot in mma and does have a glass jaw every time he gets slapped in the jaw he almost faints loved the caption
Morningwood- February 22, 2011 at 11:28 am
flip you? Like in prison flip you?
El Guapo- February 22, 2011 at 11:27 am
Stanky Leg, Stanky Leg. Jangalang, jangalang..
macreadysshack- February 22, 2011 at 11:20 am
JBJ will flip you. He'll flip you for real.
Dynamo- February 22, 2011 at 11:18 am
He's frustrated. He's also saying he'd fight Jones if he had to after the Bader fight, at least that's what I took from that. I don't think there ever was an injury, he just has to play along.
portland mma- February 22, 2011 at 11:09 am
Shit, If i was a LHW I would try to be friends with jones too...there is no way in hell I'd want to fight him. He and Aldo are the two dudes I would never fucking fight, I mean i'd get my ass kicked by a kid in a wheel chair in real life, but you gotta be fucking stupid to face either one of those guys.
theiceman00000- February 22, 2011 at 11:07 am
I give him his props as a fighter and I like the guy but that caption made me laugh too.