Morning Report: Rashad Evans talks interest in move to WWE, but cites concerns over health and money

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

After rumors emerged this week that former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans was interested in making a move to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), 'Suga' clarifies the situation.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter indicated Wednesday that Evans had discussed the possible switch with pro wrestling officials over the July 4 holiday weekend in Las Vegas at the UFC Fan Expo. According to Meltzer, Evans' name has been on a short list of UFC fighters in talks to make the transition one way or another. Thursday, Evans spoke with MMA Mania's Michael Stets to set the record straight.

"If I ever did anything like that, it would be after I finished fighting, and I'm not gonna (sic) be done fighting for at least four years," Evans said.

Evans was most recently booked to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 in February, but was replaced by Patrick Cummins after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during the final practice of his training camp.

"I had a million people asking me if I was retiring for wrestling, but honestly speaking, if I didn't get seriously paid to do it I wouldn't do it," Evans said. "I think it would be disrespectful to my legacy in the UFC if I didn't do a deal that would make sense where I got paid! Besides, that s**t is harder on my body than fighting."

Evans is projecting a return to fighting this fall.

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Another one. Ali Bagautinov has been suspended for one year after testing positive for EPO prior to UFC 174.

Coming and going. Cat Zingano returns to action against Amanda Nunes at UFC 178 while flyweight contender Jon Dodson has suffered a complete tear of his ACL and will be out until 2015.

Silver lining. Chuck Mindenhall explains the bright side of losing UFC 176.

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MEDIA STEW

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Free fight: Conor McGregor vs. Marcus Brimage.

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Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson running around Japan.

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ONE FC breakdown: Eric Kelly vs. Rob Lisita.

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Cage Warriors' half-year review.

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Free fight: Michelle Waterson vs. Lacey Schuckman.

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Long watches.

Meet the ladies of TUF 20.

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Invicta to UFC Fight Pass conference call audio

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TWEETS

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Yay.

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Dirty.

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Congrats.

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Interesting.

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No thanks.

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Get well soon.

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Better luck next time.

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Hard times.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Jul. 10 2014)

Amanda Nunes vs. Cat Zingano at UFC 178

Akbarh Arreola vs. Tiago dos Santos added to UFC on FOX 12

Michelle Waterson vs. Yasuko Tamada at Invicta FC 8

Stephanie Eggink vs. Katja Kankaanpaa at Invicta FC 8

Tonya Evinger vs. Ediane Gomes at Invicta FC 8

DeAnna Bennett vs. Michelle Ould at Invicta FC 8

Tara LaRosa vs. Roxanne Modafferi at Invicta FC 8

Irene Aldana vs. Peggy Morgan at Invicta FC 8

Veronica Rothenhausler vs. Charmaine Tweet at Invicta FC 8

Chris Beal vs. Rob Font at UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Souza

Ernest Chavez out, Mirsad Bektic vs. Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Graham Douglas.

Drug testing is the biggest threat to the UFC

Drug testing is the greatest threat to the UFC. Increased random drug testing is a worse proposition than a fighters union, believe me.

The only fault here is on the professional sports culture. You could never convince me that the athletes in MMA are using more than any other sport out there. I agree with Dana that they are the most regulated sport out there. From a business perspective, why should one sport be treated than the others. If the stars and main attractions in any other sport were subjected to as strict testing, how would that affect business? Sales at the gates? Bagautinov gets 1 year. Well how about a star from say, baseball, gets taken out of a season by comparison because of a banned substance?

People say MMA is more vicious and serious because you are hurting the other opponent and as a result, there should be an increased testing procedure. Fine and dandy except if you're the one in the MMA fight business and have to fill cards with fighters and market cards.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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