VIDEO | Rashad Evans talks about KO loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC on FOX 19 Post-fight press conference

April 18, 2016 2:22 am by Russell Ess

It was a tough pill to swallow for former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans after suffering a first round knockout to Glover Teixeira at UFC on FOX 19.

“I don’t want to lose hope, I don’t want to lose heart in fighting because it’s what I like to do and I’m at a low right now,” Evans said at the post-fight press conference (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “But at the end of the day something’s gotta change, I gotta do something. It’s embarrassing, it’s sad, but, welcome to being a fighter.”

When asked about if he felt he made any mistakes in the fight with Teixeira, Evans addressed what he thought he did wrong against the powerful light heavyweight contender.

“One thing I shouldn’t have done, I shouldn’t have switched stances in a defensive position,” Evans said. “When you switch stance it’s usually to fire something right away or give a look and I switched stances against the fence and threw a punch that was just a touch and not to do any damage or even come back defensively good enough and I paid the price for it. Teixeira hit hard.”

Evans is now on a two-fight losing streaking with his last win taking place back in 2013 and the former champ says that he isn’t exactly sure of what will be next for him.

“It’s hard to know what to change after an embarrassing and disappointing loss. I’m embarrassed and disappointed and you know, it’s sad, but, you have to go on, because this is what it’s about. It’s easy to fight and to go through it when you’re on top and doing everything well, but the hardest thing is working through the disappointment, working through doubting yourself and everything else like that.

“It’s not easy but I think given some time and deciding what’s best for me,” Evans continued. “Then I’ll make the right decisions on what needs to change, but as of now it’s not a clear decision I can say.”


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