Perennial UFC number-one light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans joined host Larry Pepe on Pro MMA Radio Monday prior to word coming out that Phil Davis was out as his opponent at UFC 133 and Tito Ortiz was stepping in as his replacement. During his spot on the show, Evans complained about getting gypped of his promised title shot, not once, but twice.
“I haven’t heard anything about [whether or not the winner of the fight with Davis gets the next title shot]. I don’t even want to assume something because every time I assume something it just never works out the way my assumptions go. I don’t like to assume; if it happens, it happens. I just keep going out there and fight,” he explained. “There’s a lot of guys in the 205 weight class. It’s whatever, man. I just want to fight. I’ve been out of the cage so long that I realize what a privilege it is to go out there and compete. I haven’t been out there in so long that I’m kind of missing the sport a whole lot.”
UFC president Dana White announced today that if Evans beats Ortiz, he will indeed get his shot at the winner of Jones-Jackson at UFC 135 in September, but Evans said he’s learned his lesson and will believe that he’s getting next when he’s standing across the cage from the current champ.
“I haven’t though that far ahead, you know what I mean? I thought I was the number one contender last time, you know what I’m sayin’? The number one contender fights for the belt and I definitely didn’t do that,” he said. “I’m sick of these labels whose supposed to be whatever. When it comes down to it it’s all up to the UFC. Really, does it matter, you know what I’m sayin’? I’m the number one contender one day and six months later they take it away and say I’m not. It’s just a title; it doesn’t hold any weight.”
Rashad says that he doesn’t put too much weight in the UFC’s paper rankings because they can be crumpled up and re-written on a whim.
“It’s great to have the title [of number one contender], it just seems to me like when certain fights don’t get put on that should be put on, then it’s like who do you really want to be champion, you know what I’m sayin’? When it really comes down to it, there’s no governing body to say who should fight, and there’s no outside power to say who should fight who or whatever,” Evans siad. “It’s just the UFC and who they think you should fight, you should fight them. With that said, you can pretty much pick whoever you want to be champion in some respect.”
He went on to say that he is hopeful that the UFC may someday use an outside agency to decide which fighter is ranked where and which one deserves to vie for the promotion’s belts.
“It would be more concrete if there was an outside [ranking] system saying what’s what…An outside body or ranking system or something like that, so that way you know when you’re up for a title shot, you’re up for a title shot. You know what I’m sayin’?” he asked Pepe. “Instead of feeling that you’re up for a title shot one day and then six months later whatever can happen.”
It’s been nice knowing you Rashad. Didn’t you read Dana’s mom’s book? Nobody talks about the UFC that way. Nobody.