UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans was recently forced to give up his planed title shot against champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as a result of injuring his knee in training. Evans had been waiting for “Shogun” to rehab his own knee injury and had spent some time on the shelf, a decision which UFC president Dana White has often questioned.
Now, Evans’ teammate Jon Jones will take on “Shogun” and “Suga” has decided that he will move weight classes rather than fight Jones should he pick up the title in a win over Rua. In comes White, who recently pointed out to BloddyElbow.com that Evans has friends fighting in almost every weight class in the UFC, and certainly the ones in which Evans can realistically compete.
“And now it’s in this (Jon Jones) situation where this guy is my friend and that guy is my friend. Dude you have way too many friends. You need to keep the friends thing down and stop training with people,” White said of Evans. “Now he’s talking maybe I’ll go to heavyweight, maybe I’ll go to middleweight. Well if he goes to middleweight, Nate Marquardt is one of the top middleweights in the world, one of his friends. Shane Carwin is one of the best heavyweights in the world, that’s one of his friends. He’s got too many friends.”
However, should Evans move down to middleweight anyway (the more likely option if Jones takes the belt), White says that he isn’t far from a title shot–as long as his friend Georges St. Pierre doesn’t win the belt in a possible super fight with middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
“Rashad at middleweight is one or two fights away (from a title shot),” White said. “If we did a (Yushin) Okami vs. Rashad Evans fight and winner fights (Anderson) Silva or Georges St. Pierre. Oh but he won’t fight Georges St. Pierre because they’re friends.”
Evans last appeared in action against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 in May of 2010; he defeated “Rampage” by unanimous decision.