It was Sept. 10 when the UFC discovered that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson made the decision to pull out of his bout with Glover Teixeira at UFC 153 in Brazil on Oct. 13. It has now come out that fellow former champ Rashad Evans was requested to step in for Jackson with one months notice. According to the long running UFC Tonight guest analyst, it was simply not enough time to prepare for the fight.
@RashadEvans: “I will fight anybody with the proper notice.. But after 8yrs with the UFC & being one of their top earners. Y would I take a bad fight?! Bad fight meaning not being in shape. Losing is hard enough but I will never serve myself up! If I’m haven’t been training I won’t fight!
I know alot of u fans may not realize but I don’t walk around ready 2 fight. No one does. In this sport it takes at least 8wks 2 b ready! Fighting another person is much harder than most ppl think & if im not training it takes time 2 get ready. There r no easy fights!”
In the aftermath it was Fabio Maldonado who stepped in to save the co-headline of the event. During the post-fight show on UFC Tonight, Evans once again reminded the fans that he simply was not ready for the proposed bout, but will be looking to make his return to the octagon in Dec. or Jan. at light heavyweight, despite talks of cutting down to middleweight.