Former UFC mild heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has determined to come back out of retirement and says he’s absolutely dedicated to competing in an MMA or boxing occasion within the close to future.
Evans, 41, introduced his retirement from MMA in 2018. He instructed ESPN he’s at the moment focusing on a boxing match towards former heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. or YouTube star Logan Paul. Jones, 52, and Paul, 26, have every participated in an exhibition boxing match not too long ago. Jones did so towards Mike Tyson in November, and Paul fought Floyd Mayweather earlier this month.
“These are the names we got here up with,” Evans instructed ESPN. “I have been watching Logan and his brother, Jake, and it has been spectacular what they have been in a position to generate from an viewers standpoint. It simply type of bothers me they’re out right here killing it. I see them preventing these folks and I am similar to, ‘This cannot be actual. They’re out right here actually beating folks at this?’
“I’ve a tough time wrapping my thoughts round it. They can not be this good, and I need to try it out. We have been talking with Roy [Jones Jr.], and my administration has talked to Logan’s folks, however it’s all within the preliminary levels.”
Even when Evans (19-8-1), who fought solely within the UFC from 2005 to 2018, is unable to land a struggle towards Jones or one of many Paul brothers, he stated he nonetheless intends to struggle, hopefully this 12 months.
“I will compete once more, a method or one other,” Evans stated. “I am dedicated to that. I’ve considered it, out and in, and I am able to compete. I really need it to occur this 12 months.”
Evans gained the UFC’s 205-pound championship in 2008, by defeating Forrest Griffin at UFC 92. He was a staple of the division’s high expertise for a few years, earlier than falling right into a five-fight skid to finish his MMA profession. Though his want is to return to a boxing match, Evans stated he would compete in MMA if the suitable struggle offered itself.
“I am primarily taking a look at boxing, but when one thing got here up that made sense so far as MMA, that is what I am coaching each day,” Evans stated. “However it’s a special bodily tax on my physique, versus solely doing boxing … [Money] goes into this resolution. I would be mendacity if I stated it did not. On the finish of the day, I am a prize fighter. However on the identical time, it is not the entire image. I get pleasure from competing.”
One purpose Evans is keen on dealing with Paul is he believes Mayweather carried him of their current exhibition bout, which made it seem as if Paul was a greater boxer than he actually is.
“Floyd’s a businessman and he has enterprise with the Paul brothers,” Evans stated. “Now, Floyd was very small going into the struggle, however do I feel he carried him? Yeah. I can not make the argument he wasn’t sufficiently big to land something to knock him out. On the finish of the day, Floyd Mayweather is without doubt one of the best boxers of all time. You place me in a cage towards anyone who has the identical expertise [as Paul], they will not final. Interval. So, I do assume Floyd took it straightforward on him.”