Rashad Evans has hit back at the reports that stated he was considering retiring from MMA to take up a role as a professional wrestler in the WWE.
Evans in Action
Earlier in the week, it was reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Evans is interested in becoming a pro wrestler and that the 34-year old even reached out to WWE about a possible job with the promotion. In an interview with MMAMania.com, Evans set the record straight with regards to his future, saying he is still a fighter.
“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 that he would be pushing 40 by the time he joined WWE if he stuck to that four year timescale.
Considering the fact that Vince McMahon has installed new legislation meaning that the company have started signing talent only under the age of 30 to train at the company’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, a career as a WWE superstar does not seem very likely for Evans. Unless, that is, if he can come in and be a show starter straight away.
Gotta Get Paid
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. Evans plans on being back in action later in the year.