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The Daily Line: Rashad Evans Finally Answers For Penn State Quip

I bet you won’t be able to put your hands on me. I bet you would be the first one to take a shot. I guarantee you’ll be the first one to take a shot.. Cause’ I’m gonna put those hands on you worse than that dude did those other kids at Penn State.

-Rashad Evans

When former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans brought up the Penn State underage sexual abuse scandal at the initial UFC on Fox 2: Evans vs. Davis press conference early last December, it drew the ire of a legion of MMA fans.

Owing to timing, Evans was essentially let off the hook for his controversial comments, whereas Forrest Griffin and then Miguel Torres experienced escalating heat for making similarly off-color statements. Both of those men took steps to atone for their words in the public eye, but Evans kept mostly, if not completely, quiet about his incendiary insult until today.

Ahead of his Saturday-scheduled battle with Phil Davis, Evans answered for his comments in an interview with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.

“I really didn’t mean it any kind of way, I kind of just said it in the heat of trash talking,” Evans explained. “I really didn’t evaluate the political correctness of my statement before I was saying it. It was just at a moment’s notice. But, it was something as sensitive that I really shouldn’t have said and I really should have thought about before I said it. Sometimes when you’re out there and you’re talking trash you just try to say something harsh and it was too hard, I shouldn’t have said it.”

Evans will meet rising prospect Phil Davis in the main event of UFC on Fox 2 this Saturday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, with a victory over Mr. Wonderful netting him another shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.