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Rashad Evans Responds to Glover Teixeira Criticism: "I Will Fight Anybody with the Proper Notice"

You would think that after becoming a UFC champion, Rashad Evans wouldn't have to explain his reasons. However, the ex-UFC 205-pound titleholder feels as though his comments on a recent Fuel TV show need to be clarified.

Evans, who has not fought since suffering just the second loss of his career earlier this year to Jon Jones, made it known that he declined a short-notice fight with Glover Teixeira.

"I will fight anybody with the proper notice..But after 8 (years) with the UFC & being one of their top earners, (why) would I take a bad fight?" Evans posted on Twitter. "Bad fight meaning not being in shape. Losing is hard enough but I will never serve myself up! If I haven't been training I won't fight! I know a lot 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 8 (weeks) 2 (be) ready!"

Teixeira was originally set to face Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, but Jackson was forced out with an injury. Fabio Maldonado will now meet Teixeira at UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar in Brazil next month.

"Fighting another person is much harder than most (people) think & if I'm not training it takes time to get ready," Evans continued. "There (are) no easy fights!"

Evans remains hopeful for an early 2013 return to the Octagon.

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