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While You Were Out: UFC Light-Heavyweight Division is Still F*cked and Everyone is Still Pissed

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(We just can’t stay mad at this guy. PicProps: MMA Space)

Not to distract you from your busy morning of eulogizing Fedor Emelianenko, but we feel compelled to remind everyone that Scott Coker isn’t the only MMA impresario who woke up Monday with a pounding headache. Remember that when we left the UFC last Friday, the butterfly effect from Rashad Evans’ knee injury was causing near-seismic shifts in the vaunted light heavyweight division? Yeah, we don’t think that got solved over the weekend.

Let’s see if we can get this goddamned soap opera straight: Evans tweaked his knee a couple weeks ago and instead of pushing his scheduled title bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua back a few months to give Rashad time to rehab, Dana White took a flamethrower to the entire 205-pound title picture. In one fell swoop he gave Evans’ title shot to Jon Jones, pulled Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out of a scheduled fight with Thiago Silva at UFC 130 and quashed entirely the idea of having Matt Hamill fight Phil Davis at UFC 129. Smooth move, guy. Now the matchup merry-go-round is whirling out of control and everybody is pissed.
Rashad is pissed that the UFC took his title shot away and Rua is pissed that they flipped the script on him too, inserting Jones in Evans’ place just six weeks out. Rampage is publicly pissed that he has to fight Hamill, which no doubt privately pisses off “The Hammer.” Silva is pissed because he may or may not have tested positive for ’roids at UFC 125 and Davis is probably pissed because as of this moment he doesn’t have a fight at all. Oh, and the UFC brass? They’re pissed at Rashad, naturally.

In response to Evans’ claim that he’ll jump weight classes if Jones wins the title, White lit into him last week to a crowd of reporters (who dutifully laughed along), suggesting that Evans has “way too many friends” and pointing out that Rashad has at least one tight bro in every weight class between welter and heavy.

“You need to keep the friends thing down and stop training with people,” White said. “Now he’s talking, ‘Maybe I’ll go to heavyweight, maybe I’ll go to middleweight.’ Well if he goes to middleweight, Nate Marquardt is one of the top middleweights in the world, one of his friends. Shane Carwin is one of the best heavyweights in the world, that’s one of his friends. He’s got too many friends … Rashad at middleweight is one or two fights away (from a title shot). If we did a (Yushin) Okami vs. Rashad Evans fight and the winner fights (Anderson) Silva or Georges St. Pierre—Oh, but he won’t fight Georges St. Pierre because they’re friends.”

See? Bad feelings all around. We gotta say though, it seems pretty unfair to chastise Rashad for not wanting to fight his training partners in a bunch of matchups that so far only exist in Dana’s mind. Frankly, not wanting to fight their buddies is a charge you could level against almost anybody. Example: You know who has just as many friends as Evans does? Jon Jones – same friends, in fact — yet the UFC doesn’t seem to have a problem pushing him like he’s the greatest thing since all-weather tires.

Big we digress. We assume this whole mess will all get solved with a flurry of fight-bookings in the next couple of weeks. Until then, everybody over at 205-pounds will be walking on eggshells.

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FO REALZ- February 17, 2011 at 6:42 am
I literally cryed laughing at the first Matt Hamill Comment
Steven Seagal- February 15, 2011 at 4:34 am
I taught Ben how to write so this is naturally one of the most well written posts on all of CagePotato.

With that being said, I also taught Rashad to not fight friends, that's why you'll never see me or Rocky, Rambo, or JCVD squaring off.
Enricho Palazzo- February 15, 2011 at 3:49 am
You know who has just as many friends as Evans does? Jon Jones – same friends, in fact — yet the UFC doesn’t seem to have a problem pushing him like he’s the greatest thing since all-weather tires.

But has Jon Jones ever publicly stated he wouldn't fight somebody because that person is a friend/training partner?
twoleftfeet- February 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm
frank mir was hanging out with nick diaz and joe rogan shortly before this pic was taken
RwilsonR- February 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm
How did you do that ghostboner? Must have missed it. I'm lurking around, though.
Beavis- February 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm
I smell a battle royale
ghostboner- February 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm
Also, RwilsonR, I did not text you, that is my evil twin. He is special. Please excuse him.
ghostboner- February 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Hey MRuss, nab that photo of Mir in the background and save it for later, you're gonna want it, it is photoshop gold. GOLD I tell you!
andersonsyourmom- February 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm
jon jones is gonna get chopped down and split like cordwood, boy howdy.
And so the guy walks up to the bar and- February 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Rashad know's Jon would beat his ass.
ghostboner- February 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm
hey RwilsonR i texted you this morning please hit me back man !!!! talk to you later
RearNakedSpoon- February 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Mir has facial expression rarely seen outside Japanese comic books haha
Prometheus- February 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm're saying Shogun will fold Jones like an accordion? Will he be disgraced like Christina Aguilera disgraced the national anthem?
the fresh one- February 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm
I'd love to see Rashad go to MW anyway.
Fuck You CagePotato- February 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Jon Jones will get knocekd the fuck out by Shogun anyway, so there is no need to worry about this fucktards!

JJ's chin has never been tested. He has never been kicked properly. When Shogun puts some pressure on that dude he will fold and fall like AA.
the fresh one- February 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm
LOL @ "Love and soccer kicks."

I have no problem with guys not wanting to fight each other. I'm not a fighter, but I can see how it would be difficult to mentally treat fighting a teammate as just another fight. I was a little surprised the Reems would fight each other. Dunham/Griffen isn't a great example, Dunham was pretty new to the gym at the time, and Griffin stated he barely knew Dunham, and I'm sure Griffin hates him now. I'm also a huge Rashad fan, and I have no doubt he knows Bones is a bad match for him. Not saying fear, more ego. Point is, it's different for everyone.
I Love CitiBank- February 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm
My only probelm with this shitty post is:

Who the fuck wrote this, now there's not even a signature from the author
Way to go anonymous on your readers CP.
Lysol- February 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm
If Rashad moved to heavyweight, why would he have to fight Carwin? JDS didn't, and he's in line for a title shot. But I digress.
matt- February 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm
lol come on now guys. of course it's a valid criticism of rashad since he's been one of the most vocal fighters in not wanting to fight friends and/or training partners. that's all well and good, but dana's right that jumping weight classes won't solve his problem because he does have training partners at the upper levels of every weight class. the ufc/dana white hate on this site is seriously reaching troll levels.
ReX13- February 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm
i think i may steal the "love and soccer kicks" line.
ReX13- February 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Shogun's comment, via Google Translate:

Dear Potato, who lives in a cage,

Rampage is an idiot, I pity him. He can munch on my left testicle. Not one right away. That's what I call "Royce", and is reserved for the slavering maw of Bone Jon Jones. She'll love the taste and he can shave the hair of his tongue when it's done by force and put them bewteen the buttocks of Rashad. Mr. Wonderful looks stupid in those pink speedos and I him wedgie and hang him from atop a cabinet. It will be like school again! Or pride, when I used to do this Aoiki and his stupid fruity tights all the time. Good times ... Matt Hamill is pretty cool. He's my buddy. And I hit the SingStar all the time, which is amazing. Peace out, bitches!

Love and soccer kicks, Shogun
Fedor- February 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Correction to my previous post I will not be dropping to 205. I love my ice cream too much.
Yazloz18- February 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Also I think Frank is smiling to hide the fact that he has no friends to not fight. Just kidding I love you Frank
Yazloz18- February 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm
It seems that the only camps where we have this "I won't fight my friend" issue is at AKA and at Jackson's. To me the guys I have trained with are just guys when we have the gear on. I have choked guys to sleep because they wouldn't tap and then gone and ate Chinese with them after sparring. Most guys are typically competitive with their guy friends. I wonder if Rashad refuses to play Call of Duty with Carwin and Jones too?
Fedor- February 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm
I will drop to 205 and crush you all!