Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans had offered out a helping hand to welterweight champion Tyron Woodley by saying he has nothing to gain from his feud with the promotion’s president Dana White and suggesting he “took too many years off my fighting career arguing with Dana.”
Speaking on ‘The MMA Hour’, Evans advised Woodley to try and keep his opinions on White private and recounted how he found himself in a similar position earlier in his career.
“Some of the fans might not know this, but I was the original Tyron Woodley as far as my relationship with Dana,” Evans said. “I understand where he’s coming from, but he’s going to learn what I learned. It reminds me of something someone told me when I got married, they said, ‘do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?’ — because if you’re right you’re not going to be happy.
“At this point, he can’t win this because he fights for the UFC. Dana is the president of the UFC, there’s no way he can win this. Feel the way you feel, but you gotta know whenever the conversation comes up that Dana said this — don’t even address it. Don’t go down that road.”
Evans would then empathise with Woodley but warned that his legacy as a fighter could be at stake by sidelining himself in their war of words over a slew of subjects from his next fight to how he is promoted.
“It’s a hard thing to do because your ego gets involved. You know he’s (White) wrong and you want to prove it. You might feel it’s because of this or because of that and you want to expose the truth, but at the end of the day at what expense? Your legacy, your chance to be remembered for what you love to do. At the end of the day, these are the things that make you hate fighting,” Evans said.
“I took too many years off my fighting career arguing with Dana: trying to fight Shogun, trying to get a fight with this guy, trying to do all this stuff, but at the end of the day, it didn’t matter that much. I just lost time.
“I get what Tyron is saying and he’s right to feel the way he feels, but you’ve got ask yourself is it really worth it? Now here he is saying he wants a separate meeting with Dana just about how they can handle being around each other or how they should speak about each other — that isn’t a conversation that should be happening.”
“What do you gain from being right to Dana White? Nothing, you lose a lot. Whether you’re right or wrong you lose. Why even play with it if you want to be a fighter — especially when two of your revenue streams are tied to things that he controls?”