Rashad Evans News
Rashad Evans reflects on consoling Michelle Waterson-Gomez following heartbreaking UFC Vegas 79 loss
Fernando Quiles - September 24, 2023
Former UFC champion Rashad Evans explains why he is picking Michael Chandler to defeat Conor McGregor
Susan Cox - June 7, 2023
Rashad Evans reveals the brutal mistake he made during one of his previous weight cuts: “I was crying”
Harry Kettle - November 17, 2022
Rashad Evans details what it was like sitting next to the Usman family at UFC 278: “You just hear this scream, it was just kind of very traumatic for me”
Harry Kettle - August 23, 2022
Jon Jones will be "one of the scariest guys" at heavyweight, says former teammate Rashad Evans
Cole Shelton - February 9, 2022
Rashad Evans unsure if he'll fight again after Eagle FC win: "I got the win I have been so desperate to get"
Cole Shelton - February 7, 2022
Rashad Evans always wanted to end his career on a win and he may have just done that. Evans ended his near four-year retirement to return at Eagle FC 44 where he fought Gabriel Checco. He entered the fight on a five-fight losing streak but he says the pandemic is a key reason as to why he even wanted to fight again.
Pros react after Rashad Evans defeats Gabriel Checco at Eagle FC 44
Christopher Taylor - January 28, 2022
Former UFC champion Rashad Evans returned from a three and a half year hiatus to take on Gabriel Checco in tonight’s Eagle FC 44 co-headliner. Evans (19-8-1 MMA) had retired from mixed martial arts back in June of 2018, this after suffering a first round knockout loss to Anthony Smith. That setback had marked Suga’s fifth in a row, as he had previously suffered losses to Sam Alvey, Daniel Kelly, Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader inside of the Octagon.
Eagle FC 44 Results: Rashad Evans defeats Gabriel Checco (Highlights)
Christopher Taylor - January 28, 2022
Former UFC champion Rashad Evans ended his retirement to compete in tonight’s Eagle FC 44 co-main event opposite Gabriel Checco. Evans (19-8-1 MMA) originally retired from mixed martial arts back in June of 2018, this after suffering a first round knockout loss to Anthony Smith. That setback had marked Suga’s fifth in a row, as he had previously suffered losses to Sam Alvey, Daniel Kelly, Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader inside of the Octagon.
Eagle FC 44: 'Spong vs. Kharitonov' Live Results and Highlights
Christopher Taylor - January 28, 2022
The EFC cage is set down in Miami for tonight’s Eagle FC 44 event, an eleven-bout fight card headlined by Tyrone Spong vs. Sergei Kharitonov. Spong (2-0 MMA) will be returning to mixed martial arts for the first time in almost nine years. The former GLORY champion last competed in MMA back in August of 2013, where he scored a decision victory over Angel DeAnda under the WSOF banner.
Rashad Evans believes in Kamaru Usman at 205 pounds: "He can hang with them all"
Josh Evanoff - January 27, 2022
Former UFC champion Rashad Evans books opponent Gabriel Checco in MMA return
Susan Cox - December 23, 2021
Former UFC champion Rashad Evans is coming out of retirement and his opponent will be Gabriel Checco. The two will compete for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC promotion in their US debut on the January 28th card according to ESPN.
Rashad Evans explains why he is returning to MMA: “I’m not crazy, I know what this is and what this is about”
Harry Kettle - December 9, 2021
UFC legend Rashad Evans has explained why he has made the decision to return to competitive mixed martial arts. Earlier this week, it was announced that Rashad Evans would be coming out of retirement to compete for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC promotion in their US debut. While he doesn’t yet have an opponent, we do know that he’ll be competing on the January 28 card.
Rashad Evans ends retirement to compete on Khabib Nurmagomedov's Eagle FC card, Bigfoot Silva booked in the main event
Cole Shelton - December 6, 2021
Rashad Evans will be fighting again. Evans, who retired following his KO loss to Anthony Smith at UFC 225 in June of 2018, will be coming out of retirement to compete on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC’s U.S. debut on January 28. The news was reported by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, but Evans’ opponent is not yet known.
Rashad Evans praises "phenomenal fighter" Jon Jones, believes "Bones" will dominate the UFC heavyweight division
Adam D Martin - July 5, 2021
UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans praised “phenomenal fighter” Jon Jones and said he believes “Bones” will dominate the UFC heavyweight division. Evans and Jones were former training partners at Team Jackson – Wink a decade ago, but they had a falling out and eventually fought, with Jones defeating Evans via unanimous decision at UFC 145 in April 2012. Although both men are no longer close friends, there is still that mutual respect there between each other as former friends and training partners. In many ways, Evans gave Jones the torch to carry at 205lbs and he ran away with it.
Rashad Evans can't see Tyron Woodley losing, but expects Jake Paul to put up a "tough fight"
Adam D Martin - June 25, 2021
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans says his heart is with Tyron Woodley, but he expects Jake Paul to put up a “tough fight.” Woodley and Paul meet on August 28 on Showtime PPV in what marks the former UFC welterweight champion Woodley’s first professional boxing match. Coming off of a TKO win over Woodley’s longtime friend and training partner Ben Askren, Paul is about as hot of a commodity as there is in combat sports right now, and both he and Woodley are expected to make monster paydays for their boxing match. However, for Woodley, it’s not just about the money, but also proving to all the doubters that he can still win fights at age 39.
Former UFC champion Rashad Evans is coming out of retirement
Chris Taylor - June 18, 2021
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is coming out of retirement and discussions are already underway regarding his return. Evans (19-8-1 MMA) had retired from mixed martial arts in June of 2018, following a first round knockout loss to Anthony Smith. That setback had marked Suga’s fifth in a row, as he had previously suffered losses to Sam Alvey, Daniel Kelly, Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader.
Rashad Evans suggests Jon Jones is doing things “backwards” in his attempt to negotiate with the UFC
Cole Shelton - March 29, 2021
Rashad Evans believes Jon Jones and his team should’ve handled his move to heavyweight much better. After Jones vacated his light heavyweight title, he said he would be moving up to heavyweight. The plan was to face the winner of Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2 this summer. However, after Ngannou became the new champ, Jones started to say the UFC needs to pay him what he wants. For Evans, he believes “Bones” gave up all his negotiating power by already vacating the belt and changing his body for a heavyweight move.
Rashad Evans says Kamaru Usman is no longer part of Team Sanford MMA
Adam D Martin - February 10, 2021
MMA analyst Rashad Evans said that UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is no longer part of Sanford MMA as far as the team is concerned. Evans is part of the Sanford MMA team alongside the likes of UFC lightweight Michael Chandler, veteran Robbie Lawler, and welterweight contender Gilbert Burns. A former member of the team was Usman, but he left the team last year knowing that he would be fighting Burns next. Usman has been working in Colorado with coach Trevor Wittman in preparation for his upcoming fight at this weekend’s UFC 258 against Burns, who has remained loyal to Sanford MMA.
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Harry Kettle - May 28, 2020
Rashad Evans gives take on Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes fight
Natasha Hooper - February 12, 2020
Rashad Evans has weighed in on the conundrum that is Jon Jones’ victory against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. The former light heavyweight champion and training partner of Jon Jones tuned into Saturday night’s action at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. In the main event, Jones successfully defended his 205-pound title for the 14th time against Reyes.
The UFC and Rashad Evans part ways, as former champ considers a comeback
Mike Pendleton - September 20, 2019
Former UFC light heavyweight champion and 2019 UFC Hall Of Fame inductee “Suga” Rashad Evans has reportedly parted ways from the UFC. The news was first reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN, who also reported that Evans’ manager, Ali Abdelaziz says Evans is considering a comeback to fighting. Breaking: Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) has been granted his release from the UFC, in preparation for a likely return to the sport, per his manager Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00). More info coming shortly to @ESPN. https://t.co/OrwRs4Jf4P
Rashad Evans: Jon Jones is 'the best in history'
Tom Taylor - May 30, 2019
There was a time, not all that long ago, when Rashad Evans and Jon Jones were two of the most bitter rivals in MMA. Their rivalry came to a boil in a five-round title fight at UFC 145 in 2012, which Jones won by unanimous decision. Since then, Jones and Evans have put their animosity behind them. In fact, Evans actually has some very high praise for his former rival and opponent. He says Jones is the best fighter of all time.
Rashad Evans recounts best moments of UFC career ahead of HoF induction
Tom Taylor - May 27, 2019
This July, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. During a recent episode of The MMA Hour, Evans looked back on his Hall of Fame career, and pinpointed a few of the fights and victories that meant the most to him.
Rashad Evans: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier would be 'a totally different fight' at heavyweight
Tom Taylor - May 24, 2019
Former champ Rashad Evans to join UFC Hall of Fame
Tom Taylor - May 19, 2019
The UFC Hall of Fame continues to grow. During the UFC Rochester broadcast on Saturday, it was announced that former UFC light heavyweight champion and Ultimate Fighter season two winner Rashad Evans will be inducted into Hall of Fame’s Modern Era wing on July 5. “Rashad and I have been close since Season 2 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and we’ve had an amazing relationship,” UFC president Dana White said of Evans. “It has been fun to see him succeed and grow as a fighter, become a world champion and then a respected coach for up-and-coming fighters, and then to see him retire last year. I love to see him still involved with UFC. I couldn’t be prouder of Rashad than I am right now with him being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”
Jon Jones takes aim at Rashad Evans, Chuck Liddell
Tom Taylor - November 25, 2018
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is rarely afraid to share his opinions on his fellow fighters. On Sunday afternoon, that’s just what the MMA legend did, this time taking aim at his former opponent Rashad Evans, and at UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell. Rashad Evans was the first of Jon Jones’ targets. Apparently, Evans recently made some comments that implied Jones was using performance-enhancing drugs when they fought, and that Jones’ 2016 fight with Ovince Saint Preux was the only time he’s fought without these substances in the UFC’s Octagon.