Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans has always been an out-spoken member of the UFC fight family. “Suga” ‘Shad, however, may have taken things a little too far recently.
Evans, who is set to meet Phil Davis in the main event of UFC on FOX 2, made remarks concerning the recent Penn State sexual assault scandal that has rocked the university. Davis is a former Penn State wrestler, where he won an NCAA championship on the mat.
After comments made by current UFC light heavyweight title-holder Jon Jones were brought up concerning Evans’ ability to take a punch, Evans went on the attack, saying, “You’re going to have to find out for yourself. I bet you won’t be able to put your hands on me though. I bet you’ll be the first one to take a shot. I guarantee you’ll be the first one to take a shot. ‘Cause I’m going to put those hands on you worse than that dude did to them kids at Penn State.”
Penn State is currently embroiled in a situation stemming from ten men who have come forward to say former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had molested them while heading a program for troubled youth.
Evans has yet to make any further comment about the remarks, leaving many to wonder whether he was just trying to promote the fight or upset Davis.
UFC on FOX 2 goes down January 28 from Chicago, Illinois. Along with Evans-Davis, Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz meet to determine the next contender to UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva, while 185ers Demian Maia and Michael Bisping battle it out for a similar claim down the road.
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MMATraining Take: Evans’ remarks are something that would even be brought into question had he made them on Twitter, so for him to say those kind of things during a major press conference, I am guessing FOX Network officials are none-to-happy. However, if he wanted to promote his fight with Davis, Evans did a great job of doing just that.