UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira’s reputation as a fighter no one wants to face gained some more legitimacy this weekend when former champion Rashad Evans acknowledged he’d been offered an opportunity to take on Teixeira at UFC 153 and declined. The UFC was left looking for an opponent when Teixeira’s original adversary, Quinton Jackson, went down with an injury and was forced to withdraw from the October event.
“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,’” explained Evans during Fuel TV’s coverage of UFC on Fuel 5.
Fabio Maldonado was eventually pegged as Jackson’s replacement.
While Evans wasn’t interested in a short notice scrap with Teixeira, it sounds like he is open to the idea of mixing it up with the talented Brazilian in 2013 if the UFC decides to go that route.
“I’m thinking maybe January or February,” said Evans on the subject of his next Octagon outing, adding, “I will fight anybody.”
Evans has been out of action since an April loss to title-holder Jon Jones. He is expected to compete one more time as a 205er before attempting to make a run in the middleweight division.
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