If fans felt UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans looked like a shell of himself in a February loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira it’s because he was. Outside of dealing with a few personal issues, Evans recently revealed he decided to reel in his personality instead of approaching the bout as he usually would.
“I turned down the swagger a little because I wanted to be more focused in my competitions. But when I did that, I took a little piece away from me. I took a little of that go inside of me that pushed me, that part that made me get into a dogfight with anybody and do anything to get the win.”
“When I go out there and compete, I have to be cocky. That’s how I compete. I have to have my swag out there and be like that because that’s a part of me. It’s a part you’d never see of me in regular life because I joke around and smile, and you don’t see that side.”
“But when I compete, I want the person I’m fighting to know that he shouldn’t have even signed the contract to fight me. He should be embarrassed, and I want to embarrass him for doing so.”