By Jamie McAllister
Rashad Evans in an interview with 790 The Ticket.
Evans comments on his bout with Jon Jones at UFC 145.
“It was difficult because it was a fight I really wanted, but it was a good learning tool because it helped me understand that things won’t always go my way and it was something that helped me grow as a person. Did it hurt? Yes. Physically and emotionally. After the fight, a week later if felt like I had been in a car accident. My body was really banged up but my feelings were hurt more. But after a while you let it go. I didn’t get him this time and I know he didn’t get him he was a better fighter that night. I’m going to train, get better and I’ll get a chance to fight him again. I don’t have any ill will towards him or anything like that right now. Probably when we fight again I’ll have some words to say to him, but for the most part I don’t have a problem with him. If he’s the champion, I think I will fight him again, I think our paths will cross one more time. He is very tough because he is very tricky and he made some adjustments in the fight that were really key and that gave him the one. I think he is a tough champion for anybody to beat.”
Evans also states he would like to avenge the only other loss on his record to Lyoto Machida.
“I would like to Avenge my loss to Jones one day, but also to Machida. Last time he got me pretty good, and all those Internet pictures of me getting knocked out all over the internet.”
Evans comments on the way he is received by the fans and has no problem with the fans choosing to boo him.
“I don’t take it personal, because the way I see it, people don’t see me as a person, they see me as a character. So, i can’t really get upset if they say something against me or feel a certain way about me because they don’t even know me. They just know a character of who they think I might be based on what they have seen on T.V. or anything else like that. But, that’s not me as a person. So when they say things to, you know, insulting things or they boo me, I don’t get upset about it because they don’t know who I am as a person. It used to bother me a lot because I couldn’t understand it because i couldn’t divorce the two different sides. I couldn’t divorce Rashad Evans the fighter and Rashad Evans the person. So when they would insult Rashad Evans the fighter I took it like they were insulting Rashad Evans the person. So I started thinking about it and the older I got I just realized that these people don’t know me. The same people that boo me or say something nasty to me are the same ones that will wait two hours in ling to get a picture signed by me or if they see they tell me they are my number one fan and they’ve followed me since TUF. I’ll take a picture with them all the same because the fans are what make you. Without the fans, I would just be somebody that likes to fight. The fans make you, so i don’t get mad at them for that. If they boo or cheer for me, its cool because they feel something.”
With Machida booked to face Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 on Aug., 4, 2012 and having just lost to Jones as well as the champion facing Dan Henderson at UFC 151 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept, 1, 2012. Both options currently seem unrealistic for Rashad.
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