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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Dana White (@danawhite) July 10, 2014
I am blessed and very excited for this opportunity with the @ufc my goal is to keep learning and improving. Lots of hard work ahead!— Holly Holm (@_HOLLYHOLM) July 11, 2014
Imagine that. Another random drug test, another failed drug test.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) July 10, 2014
These "random" drug tests truly aren't random. You are in a fight camp, you know you are going to be tested, and you agreed to the test.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) July 10, 2014
Ali Bagautinov gets caught for PEDs and Holly Homm gets a UFC contract and my first reaction for both is the same... About time....— Ulysses Gomez (@uselessgomez) July 10, 2014
I don't even know what EPO is...— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) July 10, 2014
This is getting ridiculous! TRT I understand for those who need it, but now fighters are on EPO? Wtf is this, Tour De France?— Akira Corassani (@AkiraCorassani) July 10, 2014
Athletic commissions hittin paydirt testing people out of competition, duh.— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) July 10, 2014
another fighter testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO), this shit is bad, and it is not fear, WTF, let's be honest and give good example— Igor Araujo (@igoraraujojj) July 10, 2014
Ahhhhhhh, I'm so happy I don't know what to do with myself. Time to get to work http://t.co/yvn56pI5UP— Michelle Waterson (@karatehottiemma) July 10, 2014
Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) July 10, 2014
Peggy Morgan (@peggymorganmma) July 10, 2014
This was my entrance song for my very first mma fight! I wonder if it will make a second appearance http://t.co/uURfb7iFzb— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) July 11, 2014
Get well soon.
Better luck next time.
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Graham Douglas.
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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