The search for Vitor Belfort’s next opponent will continue, as Rashad Evans has let it be known that he has no interest fighting “The Phenom”, in response to the proposal UFC President Dana White recently tabled. If White wasn’t at the end of his rope on this issue yet, he probably is now.
Belfort has let it be known that he’s not willing to fight anyone at 185 unless its for the middleweight belt, and after the vet turned down a bout with Tim Kennedy, White apparently offered Evans. Since Evans and the #2 ranked middleweight are teammates with the Blackzilians, however, that proposal is also dead in the water. As Evans recently told ESPN.com:
“I won’t fight Vitor,” said Evans, who trains with the 36 year-old wonder at Jaco Hybrid Training Center. “I won’t fight Thiago Silva. I won’t fight Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira. I won’t fight anybody who I train with!
“I made that mistake before, and I won’t do that again. I lost a lot of relationships because I did that before.”
Although no one should be surprised by the news, it’s too bad, as a Belfort-Evans fight made sense on several levels. Not only are both men accomplished and top ranked fighters, but since Evans isn’t a middleweight, Belfort didn’t have as much to lose by fighting the former champ. If he takes on middleweights like Kennedy or even Chael Sonnen at 205 and loses, how would that reflect on his title shot aspirations at 185? Of course, Sonnen already announced that he’s down to fight Belfort, but only if it’s a title shot eliminator.
White also relayed last week that Belfort “drives me crazy” and that Lorenzo Fertitta is dealing with the Brazilian star as a result. Obviously that’s not about to change.
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