Rashad Evans

Overview

***Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion***

Rashad Evans first came to the attention of the Mixed Martial Arts world during his appearance on the The Ultimate Fighter TV show, and Evans has turned his appearance on the popular show into one of the best MMA careers of any TUF competitor to date.

A two-way player on his High-School Football team, and a solid collegiate wrestling career made Evans transition to MMA (which he undertook in 2004 under the supervision of UFC legend Dan Severn) a fairly smooth one. With a stunning amateur and professional record, Evans was chosen to be a contestant on TUF 2 where he competed at Heavyweight.

Evans, like many TUF graduates, has been met with a lot of criticism during his career, as many MMA fans feel the TUF veterans receive preferential treatment from the UFC. However, with Evans it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t fought, and often beaten, some of the biggest names in the MMA world, with names like Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Rampage Jackson, Michael Bisping, and Forrest Griffin all bested by Evans .

  • Date of Birth – September 25, 1979 (Age 32) in Niagara Falls, New York, United States
  • Weight Division – Light Heavyweight: 5’ 11” tall; fights at 205 lbs
  • Nickname – “Suga”

Strengths

Evans is a well-rounded fighter, with no glaring weaknesses. While he doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, he uses a solid stand-up game to complement his solid ground attack.

Weaknesses

Evans has been criticized for his lack of concentration in the ring, and his propensity to trash-talk and showboat during fights –even during some of the biggest, most important fights of his career. Like a lot of MMA fighters his greatest weakness could be himself.

Others have also questioned the intensity of his training, as Evans appears to have gassed in a few fights.

Fight History

  • Overall record – 17 wins – 1 loss – 1 Draw
  • How he wins: 6 (T)KO’s; 2 Submissions; 9 Decisions
  • Losses: 1 by (T)KO

Result

Record

Opponent

Method

Event

Date

Round

Time

Win

17–1–1

Phil Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis 02012-01-28 January 28, 2012

5

5:00

   

Win

16–1–1

Tito Ortiz TKO (knee to the body and punches) UFC 133 02011-08-06 August 6, 2011

2

4:48

   

Win

15–1–1

Quinton Jackson Decision (unanimous) UFC 114 02010-05-29 May 29, 2010

3

5:00

   

Win

14–1–1

Thiago Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 108 02010-01-02 January 2, 2010

3

5:00

   

Loss

13–1–1

Lyoto Machida KO (punches) UFC 98 02009-05-23 May 23, 2009

2

3:57

   

Win

13–0–1

Forrest Griffin TKO (punches) UFC 92 02008-12-27 December 27, 2008

3

2:46

   

Win

12–0–1

Chuck Liddell KO (punch) UFC 88 02008-09-06 September 6, 2008

2

1:51

   

Win

11–0–1

Michael Bisping Decision (split) UFC 78 02007-11-17 November 17, 2007

3

5:00

   

vDraw

10–0–1

Tito Ortiz Draw (unanimous) UFC 73 02007-07-07 July 7, 2007

3

5:00

   

Win

10–0

Sean Salmon KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Salmon 02007-01-25 January 25, 2007

2

1:06

   

Win

9–0

Jason Lambert KO (punches) UFC 63 02006-09-23 September 23, 2006

2

2:22

   

Win

8–0

Stephan Bonnar Decision (majority) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 02006-06-28 June 28, 2006

3

5:00

   

Win

7–0

Sam Hoger Decision (split) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 02006-04-06 April 6, 2006

3

5:00

   

Win

6–0

Brad Imes Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale 02005-11-05 November 5, 2005

3

5:00

   

Win

5–0

Jaime Jara Decision (unanimous) GC 27: FightFest 2 02004-06-03 June 3, 2004

3

5:00

   

Win

4–0

Hector Ramirez Decision (unanimous) GC 27: FightFest 2 02004-06-03 June 3, 2004

2

5:00

   

Win

3–0

Bryan Pardoe TKO (punches) GC 26: FightFest 1 02004-06-02 June 2, 2004

1

3:24

   

Win

2–0

Danny Anderson Submission (punches) Dangerzone: Cage Fighting 02004-04-10 April 10, 2004

1

3:09

   

Win

1–0

Dennis Reed Submission Dangerzone: Cage Fighting 02004-04-10 April 10, 2004

1

0:50

   

 

Experts Opinions and Insights

Steve: “Not the most entertaining fighter, but technically sound and usually comes in with a good game plan.”

Mike: “Rashad does nothing spectacular and nothing poorly; Evans will never be mentioned as one of the ‘Greats’ until he starts finishing fights. I also agree with Steve that Evans is a bit boring for most MMA fans.”

Ron: “A lot of decisions, and split decisions on Rashad’s resume.”

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