As most MMA retirements never last, that looks to remain true in the case of recent Hall of Fame inductee, and former UFC light heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans.
It has been a little over a full year now since “Suga” Rashad Evans announced his retirement from the Mixed Martial Arts world. Well, that hiatus from the sport appears to be coming to an end.
According to Evans’ manager, Ali Abdelaziz, per ESPN, The Ultimate Fighter season 2 heavyweight winner’s UFC contract was fought out with his last fight. He is now planning to make a comeback for whichever organization has an interest. Abdelaziz would share that UFC President Dana White and Evans talked things out and decided to mutually part ways.
“I just felt, when it came down to it — I want to make some money in this comeback and I didn’t know if the UFC was interested,” Evans said. “They’re focused on something different. I don’t think they’re into bringing back the older fighters who have retired. They’re into what’s next, what’s new.”
Evans, 40, is 2-7 in his last nine outings and currently rides a five-fight losing streak. His last fight took place at UFC 225 in June 2018 when he suffered a 53-second knockout loss to future 205-pound title challenger, Anthony Smith, via knees.
The Boca Raton, Florida resident last had his hand raised at UFC 167 in November 2013 with his first-round TKO of Chael Sonnen.
Throughout his career, the man known as “Suga” would compete as high as heavyweight and as low as a middleweight. However, his most success came in the division between those two; light heavyweight. He started off his professional career with a very impressive record of 13-0-1 which included a world title victory. In July, Evans was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
When it comes to options where fighters can fight, there is no shortage of options these days. Where do you think Evans will make his comeback?
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The Scrap’s Drake Riggs is an MMA writer and YouTuber based out of Brush Prairie, Washington who specializes in feature pieces, the women’s fight scene, lists, news coverage, and rankings. Riggs has been a passionate MMA fan since 2009 and has written for various news sources. You can follow him on Twitter (@Dre_Kriggs).