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Rashad Evans and Phil Davis spar verbally in advance of UFC on FOX 2 fight

Rashad Evans (left) squares off against Phil Davis (right) at the UFC on FOX 2 event scheduled to take place on Sat., Jan. 28, 2012, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Rashad Evans (left) squares off against Phil Davis (right) at the UFC on FOX 2 event scheduled to take place on Sat., Jan. 28, 2012, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Most of the attention for the UFC on Fox 2 event scheduled to go down this coming Sat., Jan. 28, 2012, from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, has been on Chael Sonnen. And rightfully so. The dude is a lightning rod for controversy, always ready and eager to give the media a good quote to run with.

But let's not forget about Rashad Evans and his opponent in the main event of the evening, Phil Davis.

Evans is fighting for the right to finally get his crack at his former stablemate and friend, Jon Jones, who recently outed the fact that tensions between them are very real. Davis, meanwhile, is simply hoping to play spoilsport and maintain his undefeated record as he slowly rises through the light heavyweight ranks.

No, they're not delivering one liners a mile a minute like Sonnen. But they've been bickering back and forth from the first press conference held to announce the event.

Now, in a recent conference call, they've gone right back to verbally ripping each other's throats out. Get your popcorn ready to enjoy the show (via Slam Sports) after the jump.

Evans gets the volley started by interrupting Davis to let him know how he feels:

"Let's get one thing straight, you aren't beating me. It can't come fast enough. I'm going to smash you, dude. He isn't ready and he knows he isn't ready. When I look into his eyes, he isn't ready. You're just a boy."

Davis, never one to back down, responds:

"I was kind of thinking you shouldn't be too concerned about that title shot. It's not going to be for a little while. You've got a little while before you can worry about a title shot. It's not going to happen this time around."

"Suga" doesn't feel "Mr. Wonderful" is ready for the bright lights and the big stage.

"We're going to see what happens when those lights hit you. When you walk out and that crowd is roaring. We're going to see what kind of man you are. We're going to see what kind of fighter you are, because I know you aren't a fighter. When you get hit in the mouth, things change. When you got hit by Lil Nog (Antonio Rogerio Nogueira), you didn't know what to do. When I hit you in the mouth, you're going to feel it."


"Oh, that's scary."

Evans isn't a big fan of the fact that Davis thinks he beat him nor that he wouldn't fight for free because the game just isn't in his blood.

"Come one, come all-it doesn't matter who they put against me. I've got to beat them all the same, no matter what, no matter how they stack them up. If Phil is next in line, Phil is next in line. But the fact that this kid actually thinks he can beat me kind of bothers me now. Look, there are some people that will fight if they weren't getting paid to fight, and I'm one of those people. Phil is not one of those people."

He'll find no disagreement with Phil.

"You're absolutely right; I'd be pushing a pen. But since I get paid to fight, it looks like you're next."

Evans parting words are simple and to the point. Once they step inside the Octagon, it's time to party ... and there's no turning back.

"There's a difference with the mindset. You're going to find out what that difference in mindset is ... You can say what you want to over the phone, but once we get in that cage and you can't get out, we're going to see how you feel then."

Davis is simply using Evans trash talking as motivation.

"When I'm on top of you, I'm going to remind you with every shot what you said. Remind you with every shot."

Less than one week away, Maniacs. Everybody ready to rock and roll?

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