There weren’t many people picking Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to beat Rashad Evans last night at UFC 156 outside of the Brazilian’s camp and fanbase, but MMA is a funny sport in that it rarely delivers the expected result. When the smoke cleared, Nogueira’s standup looked superior to Evans’ and he was rarely threatened with takedowns, opening the door for “Minotoro” to score a decision victory over the former light heavyweight champion.
UFC President Dana White was asked to assess Evans’ outing shortly after the event’s conclusion, telling MMAJunkie he’s gotten the impression the Ultimate Fighter winner’s heart is no longer in it.
“To be honest with you, Rashad and I have a good relationship. I like Rashad a lot. He’s a good guy, a smart guy. But he has lost that hunger. He’s lost that desire and drive, and he needs to get it back. There’s no doubt about it.”
“He needs to get hungry again.”
“Back in the day, he used to get a little – what’s the word I’m looking for? – paranoid. He was always a little paranoid. But he always did the right thing. He needs to get that fire back. He doesn’t have that fire. He needs to get it.”
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