Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans turned down a fight with Glover Texeira at the upcoming UFC 153 show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He stated as much during an appearance on the post-fight discussion panel for the UFC on Fuel 5 show. His reason, he said, was primarily due to a lack of preparation.
“I will fight anybody. I want to get a fight at light heavyweight. They offered me a fight, but it was against Glover Teixeira and I only had three weeks to fight and I haven’t been training. I was like, ‘no way, not with that notice in Brazil.’”
Of course, Evans is certainly not alone when it comes to his aversion to facing Texeira, a highly-regarded and dangerous prospect, but one who still lacks much name recognition with casual fans. Stephan Bonner and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua both turned down fights with Texeira as well. Although their current opponents (Anderson Silva for Bonnar and Alexander Gustafsson for Rua) arguably pose significantly greater challenges than Texeira, they are both sufficiently recognizable names to make the risk worthwhile.
The Brazilian-born Texeira currently holds an 18-2 record in mixed martial arts competition with a 16 fight win streak. He most recently defeated Kyle Kingsbury by first round submission at UFC 146 in May. He was originally slated to fight Quinton Jackson at UFC 153, but when Jackson was injured and no other potential opponents agreed to the fight, he was matched up with the 18-5 Fabio Maldonado instead.