Mentally, Rashad Evans is getting back to his roots. He’s going back to the proverbial salad days when he stepped into the cage for the love of competition and not the payday or chasing a specific strap.
Evans (17-3-1) will headline UFC 161against Dan Henderson (29-9), where he hopes to snap a two-fight losing streak
‘Suga’ was a guest on MMA Junkie Radio and talked about his mindset heading into June 15.
“I feel like a big to-do was made about ‘title shot, title shot, title shot,'” Evans said. “Honestly, I just want to go out there and fight and love fighting. When you fight from that place, it brings me back to when I first started fighting. I would go and fight in these tournaments and get paid $500 to fight three guys, and I didn’t care. It was all because I liked to fight and it was fun. When you start to make it all about a title and all that stuff, it gets to the point where you feel like if you’re not fighting for a belt or a chance to fight for the belt, it’s not really worth it.”
Evans went on to say that there is plenty left in his tank and that it is time to have some fun.
“But you know what? It’s time to make fighting just about fighting. If you go out there and fight hard enough and put enough work in, you’re going to get a title shot,” he said. “So I’m just going to let it take care of itself. I’m 33 years old, I’m still young in the sport, and I’m just going to do me and have fun in the sport. I’m not tired of fighting – I want to fight.”
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