Mauricio “Shogun” Rua isn’t the only light heavyweight to turn down a tango with Glover Teixeira. Fellow former champ Rashad Evans (Pictured) revealed over the weekend that he declined the opportunity to replace injured Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and face the Brazilian at UFC 153.
“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,” Evans revealed on FUEL TV. “I was like, ‘No way. Not with that notice in Brazil.’”
Evans was apparently bombarded by a barrage of Twitter tough guys questioning why he declined the scrap with the little known slugger. “Suga” posted several messages Sunday evening detailing the logic behind his move.
“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?!” Evans stated. “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 a lot 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!”
Teixeira’s long-awaited big league debut had been postponed due to visa issues, but he made up for lost time by quickly disposing of Kyle Kingsbury with a 1stRound arm triangle choke at UFC 146.
The 32-year-old hasn’t lost a scrap since March of 2005, rattling off 16 straight victories during that span. Teixeira now meets Fabio Maldonado on October 13th.
Evans was last seen dropping a unanimous decision to reigning 205-pound king Jon Jones at UFC 145. He’s hoping to make his return to action in early 2013.