Rashad Evans’ Back is Against the Wall for UFC 161 | UFC NEWS
One time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Rashad Evans, could be fighting just to stay in the UFC soon. He is coming off two losses, first to Jon Jones last April and then to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in February. Both losses were unanimous decisions after fights that underwhelmed expectations. Evans (17-3), who usually brings quickness that serves his defense as much as his offense, looked very hesitant in both fights, apparently unwilling or unable to exchange like he used to.
In his next fight, however, he will be taking on heavy-hitting Dan Henderson. Hendo (29-9) is also coming off a lack-luster loss, his against Lyoto Machida at UFC 157.
Rashad Evans recently talked to MMA Mania how important this fight is for his career. “In the fight business,” he explained, “you’re only as good as your next fight. If you lose two or three, then you’re done. My manager Bill Robinson always says, ‘You’re either one fight away from getting a title shot and becoming champion or you’re two losses away from being cut from UFC.’”
With that in mind, this next fight against Henderson is a big point in his career. As Hendo and Machida fought for the number one contender spot, an emphatic victory for Rashad could put him right back into title contention. He described feeling as if “my back is against the wall,” which for him is good, because “this is when I perform at my best.”
Evans and Henderson are set to face at UFC 161 on June 15 in Canada.
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