Rashad Evans has been knocking on the door for another title shot since this past summer, with each opportunity that’s come up eventually going by the wayside for injury to one party or another. Now, he’ll once again be fighting for a chance to finally meet his chief rival, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, in a fight for the belt.
The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner will meet highly-regarded young prospect Phil Davis in the main event of UFC on FOX 2 next weekend and the two participated in a conference call today to promote their fight. Apparently taking a page from Chael Sonnen’s book – who is staying uncharacteristically docile ahead of his own UFC on FOX 2 scrap with Michael Bisping – Evans went on the attack against Mr. Wonderful.
“You ain’t beating me,” Evans told his 26-year-old opponent. “It can’t get here fast enough because I’m going to smash you. He ain’t ready. He know he ain’t ready. I can look in his eyes and see he ain’t ready. You’re just a boy.”
Evans has had close to three times as many UFC fights as Davis and believes his opponent will be in over his head when they square off on the 28th.
“We’re going to see what happens when those lights hit you – when you walk out and that crowd is roaring,” he said, still addressing Davis. “We’re going to see. We’re going to see what kind of a man you are. We’re going to see what kind of fighter you are because I know you ain’t a fighter. I know you’re not going to peak. When you get hit in the mouth, things change. When you got hit by [Antonio Rogerio Nogueira], you didn’t know what to do. When I hit you in the mouth, you’re going to feel it.”
The two went back and forth throughout the call, with Davis asserting that this time won’t be the charm for Evans in his bid to get back to the belt.
“I was kind of thinking you really shouldn’t be too concerned about that title shot because that’s just one of those things,” Davis said. “It’s not going to be for a little while. You’ve got a little while until you’ve got to worry about that title shot. It’s not going to happen this time around.”
As the call came to a close, Evans punctuated his argument by alleging that Davis isn’t a true fighter, with the younger competitor promising to make him feel it when he proves it wrong on fight night.
“You’re going find a difference in mindset,” Evans said. “That’s all I got to say. Right now you can say what you want to over the phone, but when we get in that cage and you can’t get out, we’re going to see how you feel then.”
“When I’m on top of you, I’m going to remind you with every shot what you said,” Davis responded. “Remind you with every shot what you said.”
Evans and Davis will square off at UFC on FOX 2 next Saturday from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.