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UFC 156: Ian McCall Says 'Standoffish' Rashad Evans Is a 'D**k'

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21:  Rashad Evans walks away after a round against Jon Jones during their light heavyweight title bout for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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McKinley NobleCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2013

Flyweight title contender Ian McCall doesn't have very high praise to give to UFC star and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

Seemingly, "Suga" is somewhat of a downer in person.

That's the story taken from a couple of passing altercations with "Suga" over the years, as McCall tells MMA Mania that Evans is a "dick" who doesn't like to interact with fans or his fellow fighters.

During a recent episode of MMA Mania's Verbal Submission podcast, McCall detailed the following story as he heavily criticized the UFC 156 co-main eventer:

I've even had run-ins or altercations with Rashad where he was just a dick. He just doesn't connect with fans. Even my nephew was like, "Wow, that guy's an asshole," and my nephew's like a kid at the time.

That reputation seems to have followed Evans for at least a few years, even stretching back to his early days on Season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter.

According to McCall, the Blackzilians camp leader was even visibly reluctant to interact with fans back at WEC 38 in January 2009, citing some "rude" antics during a photo request:

I was fighting in the WEC when I fought Dominick Cruz in San Diego. We were walking to the lobby and my brother and nephew were there with like Jens Pulver and a few other guys. Jens puts his arm around everybody wanting to take a picture. My nephew asked Rashad specifically and he literally stood like 2-3 feet apart from everybody, not engaging with anyone. I don't know where the picture is now but it was a really awkward picture. I've heard from a lot of people that he's just standoffish and kinda rude. You never know, he could be a great person in real life, but I'm just saying what I saw. That's what I saw.

Of course, just about any celebrity like Rashad Evans will have his fair share of detractors.

During his career, "Suga" has been a willing part of various fan events, meet-and-greets, autograph signings and various other fan-related activities.

However, random spats will always stick out, like an infamous moment where he refused to sign a picture of himself getting knocked out by Lyoto Machida, even crushing the fan's photograph (H/T MiddleEasy) before shooing him away.

Regardless of his persona, Evans still manages to be one of the top draws in the UFC, and will supplement a heavily stacked main card at UFC 156 on Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Evans will face the dangerous Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, looking to rebound off a one-sided loss to champion Jon Jones.

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