Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has been in involved in some of the biggest fights in UFC history. At UFC 73 he fought fellow former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz to a draw. He faced another former king of the 205 lb. division in Chuck Liddell at UFC 88 and subsequently knocked “The Iceman” out and earned a title shot against Forrest Griffin at UFC 92.
Evans took the title away from Griffin and went on to defend it against Lyoto Machida at UFC 98, unfortunately he lost, but that was just a detour in what has turned out to be a fantastic career. Wins over Quinton Jackson, Ortiz in a rematch at UFC 133 and most recently, Dan Henderson at UFC 161 has earned him a spot as one of the best light heavyweights in the sport.
At 33-years-old the Niagra Falls, NY native isn’t sure how many fights he has left in him. He knows anything can happen in MMA whether in practice or inside the Octagon against another formidable opponent. Rest assured we will see him back in the cage sooner rather than later as Chael Sonnen has taken to twitter to call him out
“That fight is going to happen,” Evans told Alchemist Radio. “You know me and Chael are friends. If I can name off my top five guys that I can actually say are good people inside and outside the cage, he would definitely be at the top of that list. With that being said it’s going to be a difficult fight because I do like him and value him as a person. At the same time it’s a fight, you know and it’s going to be something the fans want to see. The one thing the UFC has done more than anything in the last few years is make the match-ups that people want to see. Chael and I decided that this was a fight that we wanted to happen and it’s a fight that I’m excited for.”
Rumors have been swirling that this fight will take place as the co-main event of UFC 167 which will take place on November 16 in Las Vegas. The main event will feature a bout for the UFC welterweight championship between defending champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks. Rory MacDonald will face Robbie Lawler on the card as well, but while many expect Evans-Sonnen to occupy the co-main event, it doesn’t matter where he winds up on the card, he just wants to fight.
“We’re still talking about it, but it’s definitely something the UFC wants,” said Evans. “It’s something that we want to do well. If it does happen it will happen on November 16th. Hopefully it’ll be in the co-main event slot. I definitely think its co-main event worthy, honestly speaking no matter where it falls, it’s not about ego for me, and it’s going to be a fight the people want to see. That’s the most important thing. There are things sometimes where a lot of people get caught up in ego and their fight has to be main event, but it really doesn’t matter to me.”
Evans was very clear on the fact that he will not share space on a Fox studio set while he prepares for a fight with Sonnen. He feels that there is no time to be friends when you are preparing to fight someone and he needs to build up his anger especially because he’s facing a man he calls his friend.
“I’m not going to work with him as long as I have to fight him, “Evans admitted. “Its fight and you have to be able to harness that fight and you can’t harness that fight if you’re paling around with him. There’s no paling around a fight has got to be a fight. It has to be strictly business, you have to say I like you as a person, you’re my brother you need anything you call me, but we got a fight. During that time I don’t want to know you, I don’t want to talk to you. I want to smash you and get my mind ready to beat that ass. That’s the mindset you have to be in. If it’s not that then it’s not going to be a great fight.”
Getting back to the end, Evans is focused on putting on great fights for the fans because at this point in his career he isn’t sure when his next fight will be his last. He approaches each fight with the same intensity that he always has and will continue to do so as long as he’s capable.
“I want to have some great fights, I want to have some really, really good fights. I don’t know how long I’m going to keep fighting. I love fighting, but who knows when it will be the end for me. I always say this; my next fight is potentially my last fight because you never know how things can turn out. You never know what’s going to happen when you come out of the cage. You never know what you will have to deal with when you come out of a training session. You got to say the hell with it and go out there and own it, go out there and just do it.”