Rashad Evans explains decision to turn down Glover Teixeira fight at UFC 153

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Rashad Evans hasn't taken too kindly to the reaction to his turning down a fight against Glover Teixeira at UFC 153 on Oct. 13 in Brazil.

Not long after MMAmania.com went live with this post (click here to read it) revealing Rashad Evans turned down a short notice fight against Glover Teixeira at UFC 153 on Oct. 13, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, "Suga" took to Twitter to defend his decision.

"I will fight anybody with the proper notice.. But after 8yrs with the UFC & being one of their top earners. Y would I take a bad fight?! ... Bad fight meaning not being in shape. Losing is hard enough but I will never serve myself up! If I'm haven't been training I won't fight! ... I know alot of u fans may not realize but I don't walk around ready 2 fight. No one does. In this sport it takes at least 8wks 2 b ready! ... Fighting another person is much harder than most ppl think & if im not training it takes time 2 get ready. There r no easy fights!"

Well that's just downright logical.

Evans has made a career out of playing it smart and doing what's best for him, even if it pissed off UFC President Dana White in the process. You see, long before current Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was giving the Octagon boss headaches, Rashad was the one constantly drawing the ire of his employers.

But he's 17-2-1 for a reason and now that he's coming off a devastating loss to Jones in April, taking a short notice fight against an extremely tough opponent after months and months without training would have been ill advised.

Even his biggest detractors have to admit that.

Still, he won't win any new fans with this decision. That said, is his explanation good enough for you?

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