By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
It's no secret that in the world of prize fighting smack talk will be used to sell fights so it should come as no surprise that former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans would bring out the big guns for his upcoming fight with Phil Davis at the next UFC on Fox event.
The trouble is, Evans went a little too far by referencing alleged child molester Jerry Sandusky while talking about his fight with Davis:
“I'll bet you won't be able to put your hands on me,” said Evans of his Penn State alum opponent Phil Davis. “I'll bet you'll be the first one to take a shot. I guarantee you'll be the first one to take a shot, 'cuz I'm gonna put those hands on you worse than that other dude did at Penn State.”
UFC President Dana White spoke to MMAFighting.com about the comment and was not impressed:
“We talked.” said White, who called Evans' remark “one of the dumbest things you could say,” in light of the child abuse allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. According to White, he didn't have to convince Evans that he'd made a mistake in using the story as a topical reference point at the UFC on FOX presser in Chicago yesterday.
He let it go too far this time, White said, but the UFC president sounded hesitant to take any official punitive action over the remark.
“The whole thing with me is people are looking to me, and I saw a couple of stupid stories that were written, people who want attention — you know who those people are,” White said. “What do you want me to do? You want me to have our lawyers draw something up and I'll come out and read it to you guys? You know, he said something stupid. It's probably one of the dumbest things you could say. He gets it, and he knows it was a stupid thing to say, and we'll see what happens.”
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