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Rashad says ‘never mind’ re: fighting Anderson Silva

You can remove Rashad Evans from the Anderson Silva sweepstakes. The light heavyweight fighter fired up MMA fans by tweeting he ‘wanted 2 pick a fight lol’ with Andy, but alas:

“He has no plans to drop to 185,” manager Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management today told ( via text.

“He is just saying he’s not afraid to fight anyone,” Robinson wrote.

This is really too bad because who else is there right now? We’re back to a list of guys who may be top of the middleweight pile but don’t really pose an obvious threat to The Spider. Mark Munoz is a wrestler who isn’t likely to make the same stupid mistakes as Chael Sonnen, and Michael Bisping is trying to talk his way into a title shot, but neither offers much in the way of a credible challenge.

And then there’s Jon Jones. Lemme preface this by saying I know now is not the time for Jones and Silva to fight – there’s a right way and a wrong way to superfight it up and rushing Jones in before he has a few more transcendent performances of his own is just silly. But check out his reasoning and tell me it doesn’t make you puke a little in your mouth:

“It’s not that he won’t fight me or I won’t fight him. To be dead honest, it’s that we both have a lot to lose and we both respect each other a lot and we both are striving for personal greatness. I don’t want to crack on his greatness and I don’t want him cracking on my greatness.

“We’re in completely different weight classes. We both have sponsor deals and things that are really important to us and a big part of that sponsorship package is being a winning-being a champion. Having us fight each other means one of our championships goes away.

“I respect Anderson Silva so much that I don’t want to be the guy to beat him. I don’t want to lose to him either. It’s a lose-lose situation for me.”

Something tells me we’re going to be hearing a lot more of this kind of sh*t from fighters down the road. Yay, success!

  • Symbul

    I wouldn’t want Anderson beating the sponsorship money out of me either.

  • voice of reason

    Lombard will get assraped by andy faster than rich franklin gets put in a clinch

  • fightlinkerReader

    I think Michael Bisping would be an awesome matchup… for those of us who derive pleasure from watching Bisping get his ass kicked.  In fact, I can’t think of a better match up I would like to see.

  • glassjawsh

    “Am I the only one drooling over a Lombard match up?” 

    yes and everyone is making fun of you for it

  • TheFlopPhilosopher


    I’d like to see Hendo pt 2.

    Hendo aint getting past Jones.

    And he said that he’s only interested in big fights.

    Unfortunately that can only happen down the road a little bit, and flamderson might try and slip away by then.

    He’s a greasy one you know.

    I say give flamderson the Munoz/Weiderman winner OR the winner of Belcher/whoever.

    Then Hendo and Jones should be done by then and they can set it up at least within the next year.

  • James Stenbeck

    So long as Jon Jones’ heart is beating, and any air is in Jones’ lungs, Rashad is never gonna be the LHW champ again, but he does have at least some sort of chance of winning the belt at MW.

    But apparently he’d rather battle for second place at LHW – and that’s so gay: Just look at Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken!

    If Evans doesn’t want to better himself, then screw him.

    I hope he loses 10 in a row.

  • TheFlopPhilosopher

    Fair enough.

    But now who the hell are adam lambert and clay aiken,
    and why do you know so much aboot them?

  • James Stenbeck

    Lambert and Aiken were both, of course, runners-up on seasons of “American Idol” – and both are openly gay, and it’s quite common knowledge.

    But I was only trying to make a joke; and I do also think that Rashad has something of a Napoleon complex: He didn’t get to play football in college (as a healthy majority of LHW MMA fighters did), and as a result he’s probably always been envious of bigger guys, and so he gets extra pleasure out of beating them in the cage, and that’s at least part of the reason why he won’t move down to middleweight.  See Rousimar Palhares for another example of a fighter with a Napoleon complex – and his is even more blatant than Rashad’s, since Palhares actually fights dirty – something Rashad has never even come close to  doing.

  • iamphoenix

    Saying you want to fight someone and then saying loljk is a bitch move. BITCH MOVE.

  • TheFlopPhilosopher

    “…and it’s quite common knowledge.”


    I suppose among more certain  types of sophisticated circles…

  • agentsmith

    Awesome, so now we’ve got the same bullshit as boxing, where the big stars are more interested in protecting their records/legacies than big challenging fights.

    Just make it a non-title fight so no one risks their belt.  Bragging rights only.  And lots of money, of course.

  • Reverend Clint

    no flop its actually common knowledge of anybody who was watched the news in the past 5 years

  • Blackula Jonez

    What smith said, and american idol comments on fightlinker…we are living in a new age fellas.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Rashad played himself.

    This thread wouldn’t have been too bad except for the catty comments between Thing and Volds new alter egos.