After former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans lost to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, looking less than spectacular in the process as well, questions began to surface about how much fuel was left in the 33-year old’s tank. Evans has since come forward to admit he was feeling drained leading up to the February fight with Nogueira, allowing the pressures of real life to interfere with his commitment to MMA.
Now, with a shot at beating a legend like Dan Henderson this June, Evans is feeling more passionate about his pugilistic endeavors. The 17-3-1 star recently sat down with ESPN and offered up some insight into his mindset regarding his UFC 161 scrap with “Hendo”.
“It’s good to get in there with somebody like Dan and answer a lot of critics and to show everybody that I am still one of the best guys in the weight class. I couldn’t find my rhythm against Nogueira; I couldn’t find my timing. It was just one of those things. It was like I was in a mental fog.”
“I must admit I did get to a point where I wasn’t having fun and went through the motions. And that’s where I am right now.
“When I started fighting I enjoyed everything part of it: I enjoyed training so much, I enjoyed learning. But lately it had gotten to the point where it was something that I had to do, it’d become somewhat monotonous.”
“This is the type of fight that keeps you up at night, because you want to do well. My back is against the wall. And this is when I perform at my best.”
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