Rashad Evans Issues Statement on Lyoto Machida Leap-Frogging Him into UFC 140 Title Fight

October 6, 2011
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Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva at UFC 108

Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva at UFC 108

Within a couple hours of UFC president Dana White announcing that Lyoto Machida would get a bump up in the title shot line, agreeing to challenge UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, the man he leapfrogged issued a statement.

That man would be “Suga” Rashad Evans, a man that has been the champ before and has been chomping at the bit for more than year to get a crack at getting the belt back.

Considering his own predicament, however, Evans was more-than-understanding that the UFC made the fight between Jones and Machida.

“After my last fight against Tito Ortiz, I dislocated my right thumb, which required it to be set back in place and held with pins. 24 hours ago, my physician removed the pins. At that time, I learned that it would require another three weeks of rehabilitation before engaging in any exercise or training that would require the use of my hand,” Evans explained on Thursday.

“Dana White and I spoke earlier today, and I fully understand his decision to put Machida against Jones for the title at UFC 140. Given the rehabilitation time I require for my dislocated thumb, I would not be 100 percent ready by Dec. 10.

“The UFC has to keep making fights that entertain the fans. I would have done the same thing as Dana in his position. I’m asking for the fans to support me as I rehabilitate my hand, and I promise I will be back fighting very quickly.”

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  • bajafox

    Don’t worry Rashad, I think all 13 of your fans will understand

    • BigGuy

      Is it THAT many???

  • I guess that Rashad has learned a lesson, the hard way, about waiting for title shots and not doing what a fighter does: “fighting”. I guess that’s one of the reasons I don’t like Rashad much as a fighter. He brings a lot of drama everywhere he goes and he has that same mentality that other athletes have in other sports, the idea that they are not expendable and that they are special. Rashad, this is mixed martial arts, we’re not in the NBA!!!!

  • BigGuy

    Retard Evans is a bitch! He is the same guy that called out Jones when they had to put their fight on hold. I don’t hear him running his mouth now. He is relieved that he doesn’t have to fight Jones, because he knew he never stood a chance.

    So, what is Retard going to do now? Is he going to sit out for 8-12 months just waiting for his shot at the title like he did in the past? He is a bitch!

  • michelefelloni

    Rashad Evans is the Floyd Mayweather of MMA.

  • Evans shouldn’t have anything to say about Machida being the one who faces Jones next. Remember it was Machida who gave the MMA world the most famous funny photo of Evans smiling in his sleep, with a dorky look.

    Until Evans avenges that loss, he certainly is not next in line, because he has that loss against Machida. When he faces Machida again, then if he beats Machida in devastating style, like Machida beat his a*s, then sure, give him a step up, so he can get in line and wait his turn to face Jones.

    Of course, he really is in no hurry. Let’s all face it, Jones will annhialate his funky a*s.