In the latest round of MMA he-said, she-said, number one UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans is the center focus. After an article posted by ESPN.com’s Franklin McNeil painted Evans as impatient and upset with the UFC for not setting up an interim title bout for him during champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s injury-induced layoff, UFC President Dana White responded with obvious annoyance over Evans’ comments; pointing out that “Suga” had been offered a fight in the interim and had turned it down.
Now weighing in on the matter is UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson, who took to his Twitter account in order to publicly question Evans’ mettle.
“Just read Rashad is mad because he wants to fight for the belt, but doesn’t want to fight, but needs to fight for money but doesn’t want 2 fight,” Nelson wrote. “I am confused – [he should] just fight then win, then fight for the belt. Is he afraid to lose? What do you guys think?”
In other tweets responding to fan comments Nelson added, “Not dissing Rashad, just speaking the truth… sometimes fighters fear losing ask Mayweather and Pacquiao.”
Evans, who had a frustrating time coaching Nelson on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, posted to his own Twitter a lengthy explanation of things; expressing that he felt misrepresented by the article and was not upset at having to wait for Rua. Evans revealed that he had been offered a fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira but that he didn’t feel the bout made sense, so he did not take it. He explained that his frustration comes from hearing conflicting dates for Rua’s return, but that he made the choice to wait so he is dealing with the consequences.