Rashad Evans knows exactly what Carlos Condit is experiencing right now, as “Suga” himself has had title fights taken away from him.
Evans, talking with ESPN recently, discussed the Condit-Georges St-Pierre situation. Condit was set to face GSP for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 137, but St-Pierre was forced to pull out due to a knee injury. Now, GSP will defend his title against Nick Diaz instead of Condit when he is healthy.
“You have to understand that the UFC is a business, and it is about putting together the fights people want to see,” Evans said. “At the time it made sense for Carlos Condit to step up for the fight, but the reality of the situation was the real fight was Nick Diaz vs. Georges St-Pierre. So he can’t be too upset about that.”
Evans has twice been set to fight for the UFC light heavyweight title, and both times the bouts have been nixed due to injuries. The former 205-pound champion is currently rehabbing a hand injury.
“(Condit) was the first to be called (to replace Diaz) so he should know exactly where he is,” Evans said. “So he should be thinking, ‘OK, they thought enough of me to call me in that situation. If I win my next fight, then I’ll definitely be in that situation.'”