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Rashad Evans turned down UFC 153 fight with Glover Teixeira due to short notice

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Rashad Evans will fight anyone. He just asks for suitable prep time.

This past weekend UFC President Dana White confirmed Evans recently turned down a late-notice opportunity to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC 153.

Evans, a guest analyst, said as much during the post-UFC on FUEL TV 5 show on Saturday night, and he then gave further details on Twitter.

Teixeira initially was slated to fight Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the pay-per-view co-headliner of UFC 153, which takes place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. However, Jackson dropped off the card due to an injury, and the UFC offered the opening to a handful of fighters who turned it down. Fabio Maldonado ultimately stepped up and took the fight on about three weeks' notice.

Evans, who hasn't fought since a failed bid to take Jon Jones' light-heavyweight title in April, said he would have taken the UFC 153 fight if he would have had more prep time. As he stated on Twitter:

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?! 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 alot 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!

As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, officials are now targeting ex-champ Evans (17-2-1 MMA, 12-2-1 UFC) for a December or January return, though no specific event or opponent has been determined. Evans flirted with the idea of a move to middleweight but now is expected to remain at light heavyweight.
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Evan's situation is totally different than Jones, because Jones was already training and fight ready.
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Evan's situation is totally different than Jones, because Jones was already training and fight ready.
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Not saying the situations are similar but still..

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Evan's situation is totally different than Jones, because Jones was already training and fight ready.
It's still a show of hypocrisy. It's a lot easier to lambaste a fighter when you haven't been in their shoes.

And yes, Jones was ready, but he was ready for a completely different fighter.

The days of "fight anyone, anytime" are over, and most fighters pretending that's still their creed are lying through their teeth.
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Short notice fights should only be offered to guys that have nothing to lose like mid tier guys or guys whose chances for a title shot wouldn't come up anyway (sonnen, belfort).
I don't know why the UFC insists in bothering top fighters in situations where they have a LOT to lose

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His main complaint was him being out of shape. Jones had a full training camp. It isn't even close to being the same thing.


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Short notice fights should only be offered to guys that have nothing to lose like mid tier guys or guys whose chances for a title shot wouldn't come up anyway (sonnen, belfort).
I don't know why the UFC insists in bothering top fighters in situations where they have a LOT to lose
Not only this but often you get critizised by the companys president for that.

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His main complaint was him being out of shape. Jones had a full training camp. It isn't even close to being the same thing.
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Shogun turned down Texeira, now Evans...

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Shogun turned down Texeira, now Evans...
Bonnar also turned down the Glover fight. Tex didn't have enough Twitter followers to qualify according to Bonnar.
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