There werenâ€™t many people picking Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to beat Rashad Evans last night at UFC 156 outside of the Brazilianâ€™s camp and fanbase, but MMA is a funny sport in that it rarely delivers the expected result. When the smoke cleared, Nogueiraâ€™s standup looked superior to Evansâ€™ and he was rarely threatened with takedowns, opening the door for â€œMinotoroâ€ to score a decision victory over the former light heavyweight champion.
UFC President Dana White was asked to assess Evansâ€™ outing shortly after the eventâ€™s conclusion, telling MMAJunkie heâ€™s gotten the impression the Ultimate Fighter winnerâ€™s heart is no longer in it.
â€œTo 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.â€
â€œHe needs to get hungry again.â€
â€œBack in the day, he used to get a little â€“ what’s the word I’m looking for? â€“ 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.â€
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