Rashad Evans denies report he is interested in WWE career

by Kirik Jenness |

Rumors had circulated for some time that Rashad Evans was interested in the WWE, but now they have been confirmed by Davbe Meltzer, who knows more jointly about the UFC and the WWE than any man alive. Meltzer also said that Chael Sonnen, Roy Nelson, and Frank Mir have also expressed interest, but that the WWE has strong reservations.

Add Rashad Evans to the list of UFC fighters who have recently inquired regarding going to WWE. Evans, who is almost 35, is recovering from major knee surgery and had talked about considering retirement even before that. Fighters who get to that point recognize that they need to plan for after fighting and WWE seems like a transition, but thus far we’ve never had anyone be successful at it in the U.S. except those who were pro wrestlers first (Lesnar and Ken Shamrock).

We’d heard his name bandied about in the company of UFC guys thinking about WWE as a future destination for years. I don’t know that he’s directly spoken to WWE, but he was talking to people in the pro wrestling business this weekend about the idea.

In recent years, people associated with Chael Sonnen, Shayna Baszler, Roy Nelson and Frank Mir have also tried to open up talks or we’ve heard very vague ideas suggested for Baszler at one point. In the case of Nelson and Mir, neither seemed to get anywhere.

WWE and Vince McMahon in particular, are leery about using former MMA fighters, particularly big stars, since they are used to huge payoffs and he doesn’t think they’d survive the schedule. Some of this comes from McMahon’s failed negotiations with Bob Sapp, who he wanted badly, but the negotiations never got past a certain point due to money and schedule. Plus, McMahon knows virtually nothing about the modern UFC scene.

With Evans, like Sonnen, age is also an issue. Sonnen’s name is the only one with some smoke, in the sense there are people who throw ideas regarding him out there although the impression we’ve got is any interest would more be as an announcer, and that would likely not happen now because of the controversy associated with his name. WWE doesn’t like the idea of signing novices who are in their mid-30s from other sports with the idea they come in with their bodies beaten up, and by the time they are trained, they may not have much time left.

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However, MMAMania reached out to Evans, who said he plans to stick in MMA for years to come. The former light heavyweight champion is currently rehabbing a knee injury.

"If I ever did anything like that, it would be after I finished fighting, and I'm not gonna be done fighting for at least four years," said Evans.

"I had a million people asking me if I was retiring for wrestling, but honestly speaking, if I didn't get seriously paid to do it I wouldn't do it. I think it would be disrespectful to my legacy in the UFC if I didn't do a deal that would make sense where I got paid! Besides, that shit is harder on my body than fighting."

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Wee Bey Jr site profile image  

7/10/14 8:39 PM by Wee Bey Jr


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7/10/14 8:09 PM by Art(Monday Night Instigator)

Oh wow lol

Thrifty site profile image  

7/10/14 7:08 PM by Thrifty

Lol let him be Tom, ignorance at it's finest. Do these people even know what you have done lately?

Tom Lawlor site profile image  

7/10/14 6:40 PM by Tom Lawlor

You sir are an idiot.

Dreville79 site profile image  

7/10/14 5:54 PM by Dreville79

I've never seen a comment hit the mark so perfectly. All these people going on about the training and dedication pro wrestling takes. As if it even compares to the training being an MMA fighter takes

chilz site profile image  

7/10/14 4:42 PM by chilz

Hahaha....fuck it bring shad in to be their new jobber.

Dana Stern site profile image  

7/10/14 4:17 PM by Dana Stern

Rashad the next Cocoa Beware

GSPs_Dark_Place site profile image  

7/10/14 4:11 PM by GSPs_Dark_Place

The Rampage TUF feud leads me to believe he isn't very good at fake confrontation...

stevekt site profile image  

7/10/14 4:09 PM by stevekt

Exactly. Athleticism is only one component of what makes a pro wrestler. I find it shocking that anyone would assume any "legit" athlete can walk into WWE as a Plan B. There are thousands of great athletes and great performers in the indies trying to get a crack at the big show.

Nonlinear site profile image  

7/10/14 4:02 PM by Nonlinear

lol really? He won the genetic lottery. That was his "it" factor.For comparison, Rashad Evans is about the same size as Chris Benoit, who was 5'11" 220lbs and looked like a midget compared to the "big guys".