Former UFC mild heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has determined to return out of retirement and says he’s totally 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 concentrating 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 combating these folks and I am identical 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 wish to try it out. We have been talking with Roy [Jones Jr.], and my administration has talked to Logan’s folks, but it surely’s all within the preliminary phases.”
Even when Evans (19-8-1), who fought solely within the UFC from 2005 to 2018, is unable to land a battle towards Jones or one of many Paul brothers, he stated he nonetheless intends to battle, hopefully this 12 months.
“I will compete once more, a technique or one other,” Evans stated. “I am dedicated to that. I’ve thought of it, out and in, and I am able to compete. I really need it to occur this 12 months.”
Evans received the UFC’s 205-pound championship in 2008, by defeating Forrest Griffin at UFC 92. He was a staple of the division’s prime 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 best battle 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 every single day,” Evans stated. “Nevertheless it’s a special bodily tax on my physique, versus solely doing boxing … [Money] goes into this choice. I would be mendacity if I stated it did not. On the finish of the day, I am a prize fighter. However on the similar time, it isn’t the entire image. I take pleasure in competing.”
One cause Evans is thinking about going through Paul is he believes Mayweather carried him of their latest exhibition bout, which made it seem as if Paul was a greater boxer than he really is.
“Floyd’s a businessman and he has enterprise with the Paul brothers,” Evans stated. “Now, Floyd was very small going into the battle, however do I feel he carried him? Yeah. I am unable to make the argument he wasn’t large enough 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 set me in a cage towards someone who has the identical expertise [as Paul], they will not final. Interval. So, I do assume Floyd took it straightforward on him.”