The 8th Annual UFC International Fight Week featuring the 2019 Hall of Fame is approaching upon us. Earlier today UFC Rochester announced one of its own to be inducted in the Hall of Fame, former light heavyweight champion ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans.
Evans won the Ultimate Fighter Season 2 back in 2005 at heavyweight before capturing the UFC light heavyweight strap defeating another Hall of Famer in Forrest Griffin.
“Rashad and I have been close since Season 2 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and we’ve had an amazing relationship,” UFC president Dana White stated. “It has been fun to see him succeed and grow as a fighter, become a world champion and then a respected coach for up-and-coming fighters, and then to see him retire last year. I love to see him still involved with UFC. I couldn’t be prouder of Rashad than I am right now with him being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”
Evans hanged up his gloves last year after his fight against former title challenger Anthony Smith. Evans will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining Forrest Griffin (2013), B.J. Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017), Ronda Rousey (2018), and Michael Bisping (2019).