It’s fairly common to hear fighters talk about how an upcoming bout will affect their chances of earning a title-shot. However, as UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans has learned over the past few years, putting too much emphasis on what MIGHT come can often take away from energy spent on a more immediate task.
Evans recently spoke with the UFC’s website where he confirmed he wasn’t looking past his match-up with Dan Henderson tomorrow night at UFC 161 based on his previous experiences with taking the opposite approach.
“It’s really refreshing to just allow this fight to speak for itself. There are so many times when I compete it always becomes about what’s next and what’s next and what’s next. If all the while you’re considering what’s next, you’re not looking in front of you at what’s happening right now – you’re not really present.
“My last fight when I was going to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira all everybody was talking about was me fighting Anderson Silva. I’m like, `Wait a minute – I’ve gotta get past Nogueira.’ Then I lose, and nobody’s talking about Anderson Silva no more.
“It doesn’t matter. All the hypotheticals? It absolutely means nothing, so what’s the sense in talking about it? I’m going to let my body of work speak for itself.”
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