“What we do in life echoes in eternity.”
The infamous line delivered by Russell Crowe in the opening moments of Gladiator is one of the most quoted in recent cinematic history and understandably so given the inherent truth contained therein. For UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans the words may ring truer than they do for many, as one of the former champion’s primary goals in MMA is to solidify a legacy as being one of the sport’s all-time greats.
Evans discussed his mindset in an interview with the UFC’s website where he spoke about wanting to be remembered years from now and how much motivation he pulls from the possibility.
“I come from nothing,” the 32-year old humbly admitted. “Growing up I didn’t really have too much, and I can tap into that anytime that I want to and just remember how bad things were for me growing up and just knowing that I never want to go back there and I don’t want my kids to go through it. So what I’ve got to do is I gotta stay strong and I gotta drive. And more than anything else, this is a dream of mine to become the best and in other words, immortal. How many other people get a chance to be remembered forever? And that’s what I really want. I want to be remembered forever.”
With a 16-1-1 record including wins over names like Forrest Griffin, Quinton Jackson, and Chuck Liddell he certainly seems to be on his way there. However, success aside, a fire still burns in Evans’ belly.
“I never want to get content. I never want to think that I’m at a certain spot and I’m gonna stay there, because this organization’s hard to stay in, and this is the wrong place to get complacent in,” Evans continued. “You’ve got so many guys coming up and putting in work, and everybody wants to be in my position, so I gotta be paranoid and think that if I’m not producing, if I’m not going out there and winning fights and winning impressively, I’m gonna be replaced. And I don’t like that and that’s not an easy feeling for me, so I try to do everything in my power to make sure that does not happen.”
The next opportunity for Evans to perform up to his own expectations comes later tonight at UFC on FOX 2 against unbeaten grappler Phil Davis. The broadcast starts at 8:00 PM EST on FOX.
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