Recently former UFC light heavyweight champion ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans (19-8-1 MMA, 14-8-1 UFC) finally decided to hang his gloves from the sport of MMA.
Evans won the light heavyweight belt at UFC 92 against a dangerous Forrest Griffin back in December 2008. However he is widely known for the victory that gave him the title shot in the first place, against another former light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer ‘The Iceman’ Chuck Liddell.
Flashback to UFC 88 ten years ago, Evans did the unthinkable. Liddell went into the fight with a massive win over legend Wanderlei Silva and was expected to break the undefeated status of Evans. The fight was an exciting back and forth battle with both the fighters throwing haymakers. However in the second round, Evans landed a huge overhand right to shut Liddell’s lights off. Liddell landed on the canvas completely unconscious. A win over a former champ in Liddell, certainly made Evans’ title shot inevitable. (via Instagram)
The light heavyweight division ten years ago, is still regarded the most dangerous division in the history of the UFC. Evans and Liddell alongwith Quinton Jackson, Mauricio Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Tito Ortiz, Keith Jardine, Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Dan Henderson certainly made a dangerous division. Without a doubt after their retirement, the light heavyweight division looks steep.