In a new interview former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has restated his belief that Dana White isn’t his biggest fan, and hints he may prevent him from getting another shot at the title.
“The problem is, there’s no governing body to the UFC to decide who gets the title shot,” Evans tells MMAfighting. “There’s no ranking, so how do I know when I’ll get a title shot again? What, when Dana White likes me enough? It’s basically on when he likes me, and you know as well as I know, that’s not that often.
“If I get the opportunity to fight for a title because he says so, then I’m going to take it. If I have to wait to take it, I’ll wait to take it.”
White has certainly been outspoken about Evans in the past year, criticizing him for turning down a fight while waiting on the sidelines for current champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua to recover from knee surgery, and then just last a few days ago labeling Evans last fight with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson as, “a snoozefest.”
Having said that, it’s worth remembering that if Evans hadn’t injured his knee he was already locked in to fight Shogun next month.
What’s likely troubling Evans is that so far there has been no indication from White that when Evans gets back to full fitness he will get the winner of Shogun Vs Jon Jones. Meanwhile there’s been a rumor that his rival ‘Rampage’ could be in the running for the No.1 contenders spot if he defeats Matt Hamill in May.
One thing’s for sure though – Evans isn’t doing himself any favors trading verbal jabs in public with his boss in public like this.