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.
Despite not having won a fight since scoring a TKO victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in November of 2013, Rashad Evans decided the time was right to make a comeback.
Gabriel Checco, meanwhile, had won two of his past three fights and was coming off a first-round TKO win over Simon Marini.
Tonight’s Eagle FC 44 co-main event went the full fifteen minutes. Rashad Evans utilized a grappling-heavy game plan to smother and control Gabriel Checco for the majority of the fight. After three rounds of action, ‘Suga’ was awarded a unanimous decision win. The victory marked his first in over eight years.
Official Result: Rashad Evans def. Gabriel Checco by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Check out how the pros reacted to Evans vs. Checco below:
UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans is about to compete for the first time since retiring in June 2018. He takes on Gabriel Checco at #EagleFC44.
— Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) January 29, 2022
— Eagle Fight Club (@EagleFightClub) January 29, 2022
— bjpenndotcom (@bjpenndotcom) January 29, 2022
More reactions to Rashad Evans vs. Gabriel Checco:
Maybe they can bring back Ronda Rousey. If they allow women to fight. https://t.co/diAlHcsKWH
— Campbell McLaren (@campbellcombate) January 29, 2022
So happy for @SugaRashadEvans winning his fight tonight. Congrats brother.
— michael (@bisping) January 29, 2022
Couldn't be happier with Rashad Evans getting a win. Good for him man. #EagleFC44
— Josh Evanoff (@JoshEvanoff) January 29, 2022
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