AUSTIN — Boxing icon and former UFC middleweight champion Rashad Evans on Monday took aim at a “faker” on social media, calling out a tweet from the social media giant as well as a number of other athletes who claim to be “faking” their accomplishments.
The Twitter account for the Ultimate Fighter franchise tweeted a picture of Evans wearing the “UFC” logo and captioned it with “The Ultimate Trainer” and “The Greatest Fighter.”
The tweet has since been deleted.
The tweet was later shared by another tweet, this time by former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who tweeted: “Just got a message from the Ultimate Fighters, UFC, UFC Fighter’s Association.
The Ultimate Fighters are a bunch of fakers.”
Lawler is a co-founder of the MMA promotion, and tweeted on Monday, “The biggest scam in the history of the world of sports is the Ultimate fighters scam.
They are faking their accomplishments and I want the truth.”
The Ultimate fighters’ association did not respond to a request for comment.
“It’s not fake,” Evans said in an interview with The Associated Press in Austin, Texas.
“I do it to show I’m not a fake.
I don’t give a shit who’s behind it.
The guy is a faker.
In another Twitter post, Evans also slammed the UFC for allowing its fighters to make $1 million-a-year salaries, saying, “It’s a scam.
If you want to pay guys to be on the UFC roster, go ahead and do it.
But make sure they pay you the money they promised you.”
The tweet, along with Lawler’s, came after Evans, who was recently suspended from the UFC after admitting he made up a number in a phone call.
He was also fined $20,000 and told to reimburse the company.
Evans did not comment to the AP about the suspension.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is owned by the UFC, which has been criticized by many athletes, coaches and fans for not paying athletes and fighters the proper wages.
The sport is regulated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which says it requires athletes to be paid for the time they spend in competition.
Evans, who also has a long history of being suspended by the sport, was not fined, but was told by the company to pay back the money that he said he was owed.
Evarts said he would have never made that money if he hadn’t fought for the UFC.
The Texas native was released from the company’s lightweight division last year and was signed by Bellator MMA.
He is currently fighting in a middleweight bout against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night in Chicago.
Evals’ most recent tweet came on Tuesday, which was a reply to a fan who had asked for his thoughts on a UFC fighter who claimed to have won the championship in a fight against the champion, Rashad Hopkins.
The tweet read, “I’m not the only guy in this fight who wants the belt, I’m the only one who wants it for a reason.
The title is yours.
I just want the belt.
Let’s get it done.
#UFCI hope they give it to the real champion.”
The message is the same one Evans sent to UFC president Dana White and UFC president Lorenzo Fertitta in an email earlier this year.
White responded by telling Evans to “sit down and shut the f**k up” and that he had “no problem telling a lie” about Hopkins’ accomplishments.
White added that he was “looking forward to having you back” and offered to help Evans with his career.
Evels, who holds UFC titles from 2009-13, said Monday that he plans to make a full recovery and that the fight with Hopkins will not be the last.
He said he’s looking forward to competing again in the UFC in 2015.
Evalls’ next fight is against James Vick, who he defeated in 2013 and is currently in the midst of a 10-fight winning streak.
The UFC on FOX event takes place Sept. 17 in Las Vegas.
Evangers last fight was a controversial decision loss to Rashad Hurd at UFC 170 in July.