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Davis more suited to a desk job - Rashad

ESPN staff
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Rashad Evans has labelled Phil Davis a "boy" ahead of their UFC on Fox 2 main event this weekend, insisting only one of them was born to fight.

Evans is attempting to create a feeling of men-against-boys ahead of his clash with Davis, who is undefeated in his MMA career. Suga Rashad knows victory will book a title shot with light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, but he is refusing to look past his next rival.

Davis' most notable wins to date have come against Alexander Gustafsson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the latter of which saw him come through some tough moments in order to triumph.

By contrast, Evans has already owned the 205lb strap once, holding wins over the likes of Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin. When Davis spoke of what lies in store for him once he beats Evans, Rashad reacted angrily at the mere suggestion that he will be beaten.

"Rashad is the true No. 1 contender, and after I beat him they won't have anything else for me other than to fight for the title," Davis said. "That works perfectly into my plans. I take a little rest, Hendo (Dan Henderson) fights for the title. Whatever happens after that, cool - I'm up next."

Evans' response was immediate: "You ain't beating me, dog. It can't get here fast enough because I'm smashing you.

"He ain't ready. He knows he ain't ready. You're just a boy. We're going to see what happens when those lights hit you and you walk out and the crowd is roaring. We're going to see what kind of man you are and what kind of fighter you are.

"When you got hit in the mouth by [Nogueira], you didn't know what to do. When I hit you in the mouth, you're going to feel it. There's some people that would fight if they weren't getting paid to fight. I'm one of those guys, Phil is not."

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