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Rashad Evans Is Not Happy With The UFC’s Current Ranking System

(This won’t end well for Rashad…trust us.)

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.

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XENOPHON- July 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm
@ on! Unfortunately I am sure this 12 month window would be manipulated by Fluffa LLC. Imagine all the disgruntled fighters who could get pushed aside and down the ladder with predujice and malice.

What would happen if Dwight demanded one fight Butterbean, Slice, Toney, or Walker (because the imaginary "FANS" from some bullshit "POLL" wanted to see it, and the fighter said "NO". In this scenario the fighters will get fucked.

Although I like the 12 month rule a lot, it would give the Fluffa monopoly even more bartering power than they have now. After some thought, I would rather be forced to read Evan's has a case of too much sand in his vagina, than to see a fight that dsitracts from men and women who practice legitimate mixed martial arts.

Is this the junction where fighter's for once consider organizing?
XENOPHON- July 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm
If you're the UFC, what do you do when a weight classes is top heavy with ex-title holders, or those who have repeatidly slipped and choked like Josh "I Need A Male Nurse" Koscheck?

Watching the same guys jostle around for a nut-to-butt ranking gets old fast, espeically when getting juked by Dwight, the Fajitas Bros, and their pocket book Arab for $50 bucks a pop.

If one of the Zuffa people gives this a bit a thought, once they realize their pay-per-view ratings starts falling off. They could easily come up with a better overarching ranking system.
Giblets- July 15, 2011 at 9:02 am
As much as I hate Tito, rashad will always remain my most hated mms combatant, if matt Hughes thinks you're an arrogant prick it's time to do some soul searching
glza- July 15, 2011 at 8:21 am
Somebody's angling for a WAMMA ring!
Smackdaddiest1- July 15, 2011 at 6:08 am
This douchebag has a short memory. HE was the one who pulled out of the fight with Shogun. It's not like Dana just straight up replaced him in the fight.

This is one of the reasons I absolutely hate Rashad Evans. Nothing is ever his fault, it's always someone else out to get him. He should be thanking his lucky stars that Dana didn't throw Anderson Silva money at Machida.

I hope Tito chokes this bastard into oblivion.
Machiavelli- July 15, 2011 at 5:22 am
The UFC can always use him up fighting newcomers while letting him make references to getting 'his belt' back (like Tito). Complaining about how the UFC sets matches is not going to work. Rashad is going to have to crawl between Dana's legs (& so is Nate) to get what he wants.
RaginAsian- July 15, 2011 at 3:43 am
As much as I'd like Tito to spank his bitchy ass, I'd much rather see Bones school the fuck out of him.
noizy- July 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm
whine, whine, whine, you know what I'm saying, whine, whine, whine, you know what I mean, whine, whine, whine, you know what I'm saying, whine, whine, whine, you know what I'm saying.
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newaza01- July 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Dana white touched the ice mans dick
AndyInflammatory- July 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm
thou must be a proud and mighty warrior to assail this professional fighter with such furious words

pray tell dost thou keyboard tremble under the fury of thine posting?

If Mr Evans was to ever cast his eyes upon your diatribe I for one would applaud you sir for taunting the complainant within an inch of his tether.

intercept440- July 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm
hey rashad..fuck you go get in touch with zongthalwhatever the fuck and buy your self a a pair of panties to cover up your bitchass black pussy.
1. your a queefstain
2. .....well between bitchassness pussy and queefstain i think i have it all covered. theres really no need to go further, why dont you just buck up and pull a diaz. and just move down a weight or up a wieght everytime things dont go your way you fucking cunty bitch
Get Off Me- July 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm
A Transparent ranking system needs to be created.
It would still have Rashad accurately way ahead of Tito in the division.
Rashad is going to beat Tito everyone, like wet blanket 3rd style UD 30x27's everywhere.
RwilsonR- July 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm
In any valid ranking system, if a fighter is inactive for more than a year, they should be excluded from rankings, since they are not a factor in the current group of fighters who continually face each other to prove their spot in the rankings. Nobody with over 12 months of inactivity should enter back into the top ten until they win a fight.
How's that for rankings, Rashad? Go sell your accomplishments from 2008 to someone who gives a damn.
Uppercut Magnet- July 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm
this guy's always complaining. Fuck he's annoying
JoLo1- July 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm
In other words, he expects the UFC to just have the champion sit for six months waiting on an injured fighter and for the UFC to not put on a championship fight when they can? what a self-absorbed douche
Gladheateher- July 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Number one contenders match ups should only be given to those that win by TKO or Submission. Dramatic fashion.
El Guapo- July 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm
"Nawmean?" I know what you mean, Sugar.
"Namsayin?" Yeah, Shad, I know what you're saying.
"Nawmean, nawmsayin?" C'MON NOW, PLAYA!
Sarij- July 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Someone seems to need spell check!
skeletor- July 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm
I think Dana should have brought Jardine back and made him fight Rashad.
BONGTAR- July 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Doesn't he know that there is no Strikeforce to run to now? Poor Rashad. Now if he loses to Tito, he's moving way down the ladder. For some reason, he already has in the UFC's eyes. It only gets worse for Rashad here on out.
AndyInflammatory- July 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm
AndyInflammatory- July 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm
don't get injured

failing that, go fight in an org that has a structured ranking system and will pay you one-eighth of your UFC earnings