Earlier this week, it was reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is interested in becoming a pro wrestler and even reached out to WWE about a possible job with the promotion. In an exclusive interview with MMAMania.com, Evans set the record straight.
“If I ever did anything like that, it would be after I finished fighting, and I’m not gonna (sic) be done fighting for at least four years,” Evans said.
Evans turns 35 years old in September, which means he’d be pushing 40 by the time he joined WWE. Considering the fact that WWE has been signing younger talent (guys south of 30 years old) to train at the company’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, a career as a WWE superstar does not seem very likely. That said, Evans is interested in a WWE career if the money is right and said pro wrestling would be harder on his body than fighting.
“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,” Evans said. “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 s**t is harder on my body than fighting.”
Evans was scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 back in February, but was replaced by Dan Henderson after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee right before the even. He plans on getting back in the octagon this fall.