by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday announced via their website the main event for UFC 78 on Nov. 17 in New Jersey. Two Ultimate Fighter winners will square off when Rashad Evans faces Michael Bisping.
MMAWeekly spoke with Evans immediately after the announcement of the fight. He was as surprised as anyone when he found out who his opponent would be.
“Joe Silva just called me and he was like ‘are you ready to fight in November?’ and I was like ‘Who Forrest (Griffin)?’ and he was like ‘no, Michael Bisping,’” said Evans in an exclusive interview with MMAWeekly.
The bout comes as a surprise not only to Evans, but many others who believed the main event would be a rematch with Tito Ortiz. Evans was unsure of the reasons why Ortiz wasn’t his opponent.
“They didn’t really tell me anything, but I’m thinking they probably wanted another match-up that made more sense,” Evans stated, “with Tito taking so long trying to renegotiate his contract or they’re just trying to find a better fight? I’m kind of disappointed because I wanted a rematch, but everything happens for a reason, so I’ll take this fight.”
Michael Bisping is coming off of one of the most controversial decisions in UFC history, a split decision over rival Matt Hamill in September.
Evans doesn’t take Bisping lightly and understands the danger he presents in the fight.
“I think he’s a game opponent,” Evans said. “He’ll definitely be coming to fight. He’s coming off that controversial win, so he definitely wants to go out there to prove himself. I’m looking to go out there and fight a very hungry opponent.”
Rashad Evans will face Michael Bisping at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Nov. 17.