Rashad Evans is again, and he desires a combat.
The previous UFC mild heavyweight champion plans to unretire and compete once more whether or not or not it’s in MMA or boxing within the close to future. Evans retired from MMA again in 2018 after a storied career that noticed him seize the UFC mild heavyweight title in 2008.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Evans mentioned that after pondering over the concept of preventing once more, he’s now dedicated to returning and seeking to get a bout in as early as this yr.
“I’m going to compete once more, a technique or one other,” Evans mentioned. “I’m dedicated to that. I’ve thought of it, out and in, and I’m able to compete. I really need it to occur this yr.”
Evans admitted that he was primarily seeking to field, citing the cash as one of many causes. It’s no secret that the entire pattern of the movie star and retired athletes’ crossover boxing fights pay some huge cash to the rivals, supposedly extra so than in a daily MMA combat.
Nonetheless, “Suga” has not dominated out the potential of returning to combat in MMA as a result of while he’s a prizefighter, he’s a competitor at coronary heart.
“I’m primarily taking a look at boxing, but when one thing got here up that made sense so far as MMA, that’s what I’m coaching each day,” Evans mentioned. “However it’s a unique bodily tax on my physique, versus solely doing boxing … [Money] goes into this determination. I’d be mendacity if I mentioned it didn’t. On the finish of the day, I’m a prizefighter. However on the similar time, it’s not the entire image. I take pleasure in competing.”
In 2008 at UFC 92, Evans grew to become the UFC champion when he defeated Forrest Griffin through TKO after being one of many prime fighters in his division for a few years beating legends akin to Michael Bisping and Chuck Liddell. Afterward, he misplaced his title to Lyoto Machida.
Evans climbed his manner again to the mountaintop of the division once more by defeating the likes of Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz, and Phil Davis to problem Jon Jones for the title in 2012, the place he ultimately fell brief. Evans retired in 2018 after falling right into a five-fight dropping streak within the UFC.
Do you assume Rashad Evans will return to boxing or MMA and the way properly do you assume he does?