Rashad Evans on facing Chael Sonnen at UFC 167: 'That fight is going to happen'

Scott Cunningham

Fighters first, friends second, according to "Suga."

Chael Sonnen wants it, Rashad Evans wants it and UFC wants it.

So, can we just make it official and move forward?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is expected to bring a loaded pay-per-view (PPV) fight card when it returns to "Sin City" on Nov. 16, 2013, for UFC 167: "St. Pierre vs. Hendricks," the much anticipated 20th anniversary event marking the promotion's latest milestone.

The upcoming mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza is still without a co-main event, a sweet slot "Suga" hopes to fill by fighting his fellow FOX Sports 1 analyst, despite the fact that he's bosom buddies with Sonnen after several years in the fight game.

Evans breaks it down for Alchemist Radio:

"That fight is going to happen... The one thing the UFC has done more than anything in the last few years is make the match-ups that people want to see. Chael and I decided that this was a fight that we wanted to happen and it's a fight that I'm excited for. We're still talking about it, but it's definitely something the UFC wants. It's something that we want to do well. If it does happen it will happen on November 16th. Hopefully it'll be in the co-main event slot. I definitely think its co-main event worthy, honestly speaking no matter where it falls, it's not about ego for me, and it's going to be a fight the people want to see. I'm not going to work with him as long as I have to fight him. Its fight and you have to be able to harness that fight and you can't harness that fight if you're paling around with him. There's no paling around a fight has got to be a fight. It has to be strictly business, you have to say I like you as a person, you're my brother you need anything you call me, but we got a fight. During that time I don't want to know you, I don't want to talk to you. I want to smash you and get my mind ready to beat that ass."

He sounds ready and willing, but is he able?

Sonnen has been campaigning for a spot on the UFC 167 fight card just as soon as he was finished strangling Mauricio Rua in the main event of UFC Fight Night 26, which took place last month on FOX Sports 1 in Boston. It marked the first win for "The American Gangster" since he returned to light heavyweight.

And regrettably, his first choice was unavailable.

That left him no choice but to call out Evans, who was able to get himself back into the discussion by outpointing Dan Henderson at the UFC 161 PPV event last June. The split decision win over "Hendo" snapped a two fight losing streak for the ex-205-pound kingpin and kept his title hopes alive.

For now.


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