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The list of light heavyweights who wanted nothing to do with a fight against recent Octagon debutant Glover Teixeira just keeps growing and growing. The latest name to add to the list is former division champion Rashad Evans, who revealed as much on the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight show last night (Sept. 29, 2012) when asked about his future and when he'll be returning to the cage:
"I don't know. I talked to Dana [White] early this week and we talked about maybe December. But I'm thinking maybe January or February. I will fight anybody. I want to get a fight at light heavyweight. They offered me a fight, but it was against Glover Teixeira and I only had three weeks to fight and I haven't been training. I was like, ‘no way, not with that notice in Brazil.'"
Forgivable to turn down a short notice bout against a dangerous opponent like Teixeira? Probably. Mauricio Rua didn't want anything to do with him either, same for Stephan Bonnar, though both ended up with tougher fights against Alexander Gustafsson and Anderson Silva, respectively.
Teixeira's original opponent, Quinton Jackson, suffered an injury that forced him to pull out and eventually Fabio Maldonado was the guy who stepped up to the plate.
Going back to Evans, he says he wants to return, at 205-pounds, early next year. Any of you matchmaking Maniacs care to find an opponent for him?