Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder, Rashad Evans, captured a close split-decision victory over fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) champion Michael Bisping when they went to war back in late 2007.
This was long before five-round headliners became standard for non-championship bouts.
So it was probably understood that somewhere down the road, these two would eventually run it back, a discussion that became more relevant when Evans made the long-awaited drop to middleweight roughly one year back.
Perhaps it just wasn’t meant to be, though not for a lack of trying.
“I got the call, and I thought it was going to happen, but things didn’t work out on the negotiating side between the UFC and Bisping,” Evans told MMA Junkie. “I think it was contract stuff. For him, trying to get the bread, hey, get as much money as you can because at the end of the day, this is a sport we can’t do forever. So I’m never against somebody making as much money as you can.”
No question Bisping is trying to get as much dough as possible, since his next appearance is expected to be his last. “The Count” coughed up his middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre last November, then got creamed by Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai after taking the bout on super-short notice (because of this).
No telling yet what’s in store for either Evans and Bisping with this fight failing to come together, but “Suga’” may not be that far off from the horse and the sunset himself, unless he can slam the brakes on his four-fight losing streak.
Time will tell.