Rashad Evans says Wanderlei Silva fight took the 'burn' out of 'Suga's' UFC 167 showdown against Chael Sonnen

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Did Dana White and Co. drop the ball by booking Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva for a fight and TUF way before "The American Gangster" even takes care of his business against Rashad Evans at UFC 167?

Chael Sonnen is blaming Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre's massive draw and the fact that UFC 167 just so happens to be the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's 20th Anniversary show for the lack of buzz surrounding his upcoming fight against Rashad Evans.

The light heavyweight showdown -- which will co-main event the Nov. 16, 2013 pay-per-view (PPV) event -- will pit the two friends and FOX Sports colleagues against one another in a match-up that features two of the better wrestlers in all of MMA.

But as "The American Gangster" expressed, it just isn't getting the hype and attention it should be getting.

It's a sentiment Evans agrees with; however, the former 205-pound champion says the reason the fight is getting no attention is because Sonnen already has another fight booked after this one. A much "more exciting one" against Wanderlei Silva, which will go down in 2014 after the two complete their coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil 3.

"Suga" broke it down during a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"

"It is flying under the radar and one of the reasons why I think so is because Chael is already booked for another fight. And it's another fight already more exciting as far as the fans concerned looming with the Wanderlei Silva fight. And he's already scheduled for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show, so, this is a fight that is kind of not getting the burn. Also, the fact that UFC has a Primetime show on and whenever they have the Primetime show they're trying to build up Johny Hendricks to show why he is a worthy competitor to GSP. So, they have that much invested on that show with that they have to put their money and their advertisement around that fight."

Furthermore, "Suga" says the confrontation between "The American Gangster" and "The Axe Murderer" that was caught on tape during an Olympia expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, kind of took on a life of its own, which pretty much made everyone forget Sonnen had business to take care of beforehand.

Nevertheless, Evans -- who also took the time to confirm he would not be dropping to middleweight anytime soon -- says he's just happy to be on such a monumental event which will feature a main event title fight between Georges St-Pierre as he takes on hard-hitting Johny Hendricks.

He also reiterated that he is determined to get back to the top of the division, even if it comes at the expense of putting a beating on his buddy Chael.

How about it Maniacs, does Evans have a point? Has Sonnen's much-publicized beef with Silva taken a lot of steam out of his own co-main event fight against "The American Gangster" on one of the biggest events of the year?

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