On the back of a five fight losing streak, Rashad Evans has decided to call an end to his career.
The 38 year old, whose most recent trip to the Octagon resulted in a 53 second knockout loss to Anthony Smith, announced his retirement from the sport on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show on ESPN.
“At one point in my life, I felt as if fighting was everything. It was everything. I put life second. But now life has taken over. Now fighting has become second, ” Evans said on the ESPN podcast. “And competing in a sport like mixed martial arts, where you have a lot of guys who haven’t been to the top of the mountain, and haven’t experienced the things that I’ve experienced, they’re really hungry for it. And me, I was just lukewarm.”
However Evans was anything but lukewarm at the beginning of his career. After winning the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, “Suga” compiled an impressive 11-0-1 record before he stunned the world with a highlight reel knockout of Chuck Lidell. He subsequently went on to defeat Forest Griffin to win the light heavyweight gold. Evans has defeated a number of UFC veterans including Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Chael Sonnen, Phil Davis and Dan Henderson.
Rashad accepted the fact that he knew he was done after his loss to Anthony Smith. However it took him two weeks to accept the same.
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