Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has headlined events, coached the Ultimate Fighter, and fought legitimate stars like Quinton Jackson, Forrest Griffin, and Chuck Liddell. However, when he meets Phil Davis next weekend at UFC on FOX 2 even Evans knows it will be unlike any other bout he’s been in.
Evans offered his opinion on the match-up and show in general while blogging for the Chicago Sun Times where he explained solidifying his spot as top contender is secondary to the opportunity he’s been given by fighting on FOX.
“If I win the fight, I should get a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title I held once before, but I’m not even thinking about that,” wrote Evans. “For me, this fight in Chicago is the biggest fight of my career. To main event a massive show like this on national television is a huge honor and easily the biggest opportunity of my life.”
While the 16-1-1 Evans did bring up the millions of viewers likely to tune in based on the ratings for UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, his desire to come out with his hand raised goes far beyond exposure and relates to personal reasons more than professional ones.
“I’ve lived in Chicago for over four years, and I’m going to be proud to represent the city when I step inside the Octagon,” Evans explained before singing the praises of Chi-Town.
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC