Former UFC light heavyweight champion and The Ultimate Fighter 2 champ Rashad Evans ends his MMA career with his last bout.
Two weeks after losing his UFC 225 fight against Anthony Smith with a first round knock out, 38-year-old Evans emotionally announces his retirement. In his interview on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Monday, the legendary fighter said he took some time to think for himself and came up with this decision.
Rashad Evans Officially Retires
“I’m gonna retire. There’s just so much that goes into it all, but at one point in my life, I felt as if fighting was everything. It was everything. I put life second, but now life is taking over and now fighting has become second. 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 it the things that I’ve experienced, they’re really hungry for it.”
“Me, I was just lukewarm. I’ve been through a lot in this sport. I’ve fought a lot of fights and I don’t look at the sport the same way.”
Retiring after a loss, Evans also expressed regret for going out in defeat. Despite this, “Suga” says it feels as if other things are calling him now.
He says he is still physically fit for the sport, even still wanting to challenge himself in the cage, but his current motivation level is quite short to win another bout.
Even before walking towards the Octagon for his last fight at UFC 225, Evans had that sentiment that it could be the end for him.
“I kinda felt it was it. I always said to myself when it’s time, I’ll know. And I always prayed that I would know when it’s time and when I walked out, I knew. I knew. It took me weeks to really admit it to myself.”
Looking back at the light heavyweight champ’s index, Evans set off his MMA break in April 2004. The fighter pulled together an impressive record of 19-8-1 while primarily competing for the UFC.
He entered the promotion as a chief prospect after winning TUF 2 at heavyweight, though he went down to light heavyweight immediately after the combat.
Evans’ first eight Octagon bouts are impressively unbeaten at 205 pounds. He defeated excellent fighters as Michael Bisping, Chuck Lidell and Forest Griffin.
Unfortunately, the departing combatant ended his career on a five-fight losing street. This includes a 0-2 run at 185 pounds.
Evans is also an MMA analyst for FOX Sports outside the professional sport.
Watch his emotional announcement in this interview below: