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Rashad Evans

Evans at the UFC 145 pre-fight press conference.
Born Rashad Anton Evans
September 25, 1979 (1979-09-25) (age 36)
Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Other names "Suga"
Nationality USA American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight (2004, 2006 – present
Heavyweight (2005)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Style Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Team Jaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)

Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]

Black belt in Gaidojutsu[2]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active 2004 – present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 19
By knockout 7
By submission 2
By decision 10
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By decision 3
Draws 1
Other information
Occupation MMA fighter
University Michigan State University
Niagara County C.C.
Spouse LaToya
Children 3
Notable relatives Lance Evans, brother
Notable school(s) Niagara Wheatfield High School
Website http://www.rashadevans.tv/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: April 18, 2016

Rashad Anton Evans (born September 25, 1979)[3] is an American mixed martial artist from Niagara Falls, New York, currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Evans was the heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2. As of April 2016, he is ranked #7 in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings.[4]

Wrestling career

Wrestling out of Niagra Wheatfield High School, Evans made it twice to the state finals tournament of New York by winning his weight class for his county, in which he received All-State honors both times. In 1997 he placed 4th in the state at 145 pounds. In 1998 he placed 4th in the state at 171 pounds. In 1999 he entered the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships for the 165 pound weight class in which he finished in 4th place. Competing once again at this tournament in 2000, he was the champion of the 165 pound weight class.

Moving on to the NCAA Division 1 wrestling, Evans competed for Michigan State, in the Big Ten conference. In 2002 he finished in 4th place in the conference championships, losing a decision to fellow future UFC competitor Jacob Volkmann in the third place match. In addition to Volkmann, this 174 pound weight class also saw more future UFC competitors with Gerald Harris and Josh Koscheck competing in it this year. In 2003, Evans again competed in the 174 pound weight class, capturing 3rd place in the Big Ten Championships. Entering the NCAA Division 1 championships on top of this 3rd place finish, Evans won his opening match before losing a close 3-0 decision to the eventual national champion, Robbie Waller. Staying alive through the consolation bracket, Evans pinned his next opponent before being matched up with legend Greg Jones, a 3x National Champion who would finish his college career with a record of 126-4. Evans pulled off an upset and won 3-2, becoming one of only 4 people to defeat Jones in his college career. Evans lost his next match, which would have qualified him for All-American status, in a close 3-2 decision, ending his college career. He finished his career at Michigan State with a record of 48 wins and 34 losses.[5][6][7]

Mixed martial arts

Early career

In 2004, under the tutelage of veteran wrestler and MMA fighter Dan Severn,[8] Evans competed in five professional mixed martial arts fights, winning all five. This led to his selection as one of the nine heavyweights to compete on The Ultimate Fighter 2, a reality TV series on Spike. The season began airing on August 22, 2005, culminating in a live finale between the final two fighters of each weight division, held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 5, 2005. Rashad Evans is also a black belt in Gaidojustu and BJJ, he also studied karate as a child.

The Ultimate Fighter

At 5 feet 10.5 inches (1.791 m) and 225 pounds (102 kg), Evans was the shortest and the second-lightest of the nine heavyweight competitors.[9] He was considered the underdog in each of his fights, but made it to the finals by defeating Tom Murphy, Mike Whitehead, and Keith Jardine all by decision. During his tenure on the show, Evans was criticized by opposing coach Matt Hughes for his showboating during fights, but the two eventually settled their differences, and Hughes even cornered Evans for his semifinal bout. In the finale, Evans defeated 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Brad Imes by split decision, thus winning a three-year, six-figure contract with the UFC and a brand new car. After The Ultimate Fighter, Evans joined Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting camp along with fellow competitor Keith Jardine, who would eventually become his training partner and good friend.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Evans dropped down to light heavyweight after the show, deciding he would have a better chance of success in a lower weight class.[10] His first fight under the contract took place on April 6, 2006 against Sam Hoger, who had been a semi-finalist on The Ultimate Fighter 1. Evans defeated Hoger via split decision despite nearly falling victim to a kimura submission at the end of the second round.[11]

Evans followed with a victory by majority decision over The Ultimate Fighter 1 finalist Stephan Bonnar on June 28, 2006. Evans maintained control throughout the fight with repeated take downs, including a number of slams in the center of the cage and went on to secure the victory.[12] Three months later, Evans faced Jason Lambert at UFC 63. Lambert, riding an eight-fight win streak, was seen as Evans' first real test at 205 pounds. Evans controlled the fight from early on, and knocked Lambert out with punches from the mount in the second round.[13] It was his first stoppage victory in over two years.

Evans next headlined UFC Fight Night: Evans vs. Salmon against UFC newcomer Sean Salmon, a highly decorated collegiate wrestler who held a 9–1 professional record. Though Salmon had won the first round by scoring two takedowns, Evans came back with a head kick knockout early in the second round. Salmon remained motionless for several minutes after the fight and was eventually carried out on a stretcher to a local hospital. The kick came to the surprise of many fans who had previously considered Evans a one-dimensional wrestler.[14]

At UFC 73, Evans squared off against former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz. The two competitors fought to a draw as all three judges scored the bout 28–28. Ortiz had won two out of three rounds on all scorecards, but was deducted a point for holding the cage to defend against a takedown by Evans.[15] Immediately after the fight, Ortiz asked for a rematch. At a press conference following UFC 73, UFC President Dana White promised a rematch, which for various reasons due to scheduling the fight, didn't occur until 4 years later at UFC 133. Unable to get a rematch with Ortiz due to scheduling issues, Evans made his debut as a headliner on a pay-per-view event at UFC 78 instead, against fellow undefeated fighter and The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner, Michael Bisping. After three close rounds, Evans came out on top on two of the judges' scorecards, winning by split decision. This fight marked Bisping's first loss and his final bout in the light heavyweight division. After his win over Bisping, Evans drastically changed his fighting style, which he kept secret until his fight against UFC Legend Chuck Liddell.

Evans vs. Liddell

Entering the fight as a very heavy underdog, Evans shocked the world by knocking out former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in brutal fashion at UFC 88. Liddell threw an uppercut that Evans countered with an overhand right, landing flush. Liddell remained unconscious for several minutes before finally walking out of the cage under his own power. The knockout was awarded Knockout of the Year by Sherdog for 2008. Evans had previously been scheduled to face Liddell at UFC 85 as a replacement for the injured Maurício Rua. When Liddell pulled out of the event due to an injured hamstring,[16] Evans was matched with James Irvin. When Irvin pulled out after breaking his foot, the fight was removed from the card altogether.[17] After the fight, UFC President Dana White confirmed in the post-event press conference that Evans' next fight would be a title shot against newly crowned light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 92.[18]

Winning the Light Heavyweight Championship

On December 27, 2008 at UFC 92, Evans faced champion Forrest Griffin for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.[19] Griffin controlled most of the first two rounds with effective striking and low kicks. In the third round, however, Evans caught a low kick and countered with a straight right hand that dropped Griffin. Evans followed Griffin to the ground and eventually managed to finish the stunned champion with punches inside Griffin's guard. With the victory, Evans became the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. It capped off a year in which Evans won Fighter of the Year honors from Sherdog.com.

Losing the title

Evans' first defense of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship was against challenger Lyoto Machida. During a flurry of punches from Machida, Evans started trash talking Machida telling him 'his hands were made of pillows'. Machida continued his onslaught, knocking the champion out. Evans' timely photograph of his face during the knockout became an infamous meme called "Shad face" amongst MMA fans.[20] This was the first loss of his career and the 15th straight win of Lyoto Machida's career.[21][22] Then, Evans went on to coach against Rampage Jackson in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights. Evans was scheduled to fight Jackson on December 12, 2009, at UFC 107, but this was canceled due to Jackson being cast for the A-Team movie.[23] On September 22, 2009, Jackson wrote in a blog on his website that he is "done fighting" because of events that occurred between Jackson and Dana White, the president of the UFC. Thiago Silva was named as Evans' next opponent at UFC 108.

Back into title contention

Evans fought Thiago Silva in the main event of UFC 108 on January 2, 2010.[24] Dana White was quoted as saying that if Evans could defeat Thiago Silva at UFC 108, then he would go on to face Quinton Jackson.[25] During the Spike TV broadcast of the UFC 108 preliminary card, Evans confirmed that he received his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Rolles Gracie that morning.[26][27] Evans would go on to defeat Thiago Silva – another BJJ black belt – by unanimous decision. Deviating from his usual standing and striking, Evans displayed his grappling skills with numerous takedowns that frustrated Silva throughout the fight, but Evans failed to damage Silva substantially while on the ground.[28] In the third round, after severely mocking his opponent's fighting style with various taunts, Silva connected with a right hook to Evans' jaw, rocking him. Silva hesitated in finishing Evans off in order to return the taunting, however, and Evans was able to recover leading to a unanimous decision win.[29][30] Evans was expected to finally face rival Quinton Jackson at UFC 113,[29] but the bout took place on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114.[30]

Evans signing autographs for fans.

Evans caught Jackson with a right hand early in the first round and throughout the rest of the fight tried to take Jackson down, succeeding three times out of nine. In the third round, Evans was hurt by Jackson, but recovered and ended the final round with another takedown and strikes on the ground. The judges scored the bout 30–27, 30–27, 29–28 giving Evans the unanimous decision. Afterwards, UFC President Dana White then officially confirmed that Evans would square off against Maurício Rua for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship,[31] but not until mid-Spring or early-Summer of 2011 as Rua recovered from knee surgery.[32] The fight was then booked for the main event of UFC 128 when the UFC returned to Newark, New Jersey.[33]

Following Evans' training partner Jon Jones' victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 126, it was announced that Evans injured his knee during training. Jones was then told in his post-fight interview that the UFC wanted him to replace Evans in his fight against Maurício Rua for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Jones accepted and the fight was set for UFC 128.[34] It was then expected that if Jones won, he would face Evans in his first title defense.[35]

During a UFC 128 post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani, Evans stated that he was done training at Jackson's Martial Arts in preparation for his fight with Jon Jones.[36] He then commenced training at Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Florida, at a new camp co-founded by Evans and several Brazilian fighters who had concomitantly left American Top Team due to a dispute over management services; these were later joined by some African-American fighters, and as a result the camp's members became known colloquially as the "Blackzilians", especially on Twitter. Evans gave further insight to MMAWeekly about his leaving Jackson's Submission Fighting, “When you get to a certain point, you really need a lot of time (with the coaches)… make sure you get the one-on-one, and you just need different things,” he explained. “After being at Jackson’s for a while, with so many people at the gym, it just got harder and harder for me to get that time."[37]

Evans/Jones was expected to take place on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133, but Jones was sidelined with a hand injury. Evans was expected to face rising prospect Phil Davis at the event instead.[38][39] A title fight between José Aldo and Chad Mendes was delayed, so the UFC promoted Evans vs. Davis to serve as the main event. However, with less than four weeks until the event, Davis pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury. A rematch with Tito Ortiz was scheduled to headline the event.[40] Evans defeated Ortiz at UFC 133 via TKO in the second round. The victory secured Evans a title shot against Jones.

Evans and Jones were rumoured to finally clash on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140.[41] However, a lingering thumb injury cost Evans another title opportunity, and he was replaced by Lyoto Machida to fight Jon Jones for the belt at UFC 140.[42] Jones retained the Light Heavyweight belt, defeating the challenger Machida, leaving open the possibility of a future fight between Evans and Jones for the title.

Evans faced Phil Davis on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2.[43] He won the fight via unanimous decision. Evans out-wrestled the former division one national wrestling champion, landing numerous takedowns throughout the fight.

In his second title shot, Evans, at long last, faced UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.[44] Evans lost to Jones via unanimous decision.

In his first post-title shot fight, Evans faced Antônio Rogério Nogueira in the co-main event at UFC 156 on February 2, 2013. The bout was contested on the feet for a majority of its duration in a largely uneventful fight where neither fighter was able to deliver any significant offense. Nogueira upset Evans and won the fight via unanimous decision.[45]

Evans faced Dan Henderson on June 15, 2013 in the main event at UFC 161.[46] He won the fight by split decision.

Evans next fought Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013, in the co-main event of the evening.[47] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Evans was expected to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014.[48] However, a leg injury knocked him off the card just 10 days before the event.[49] Originally expected to be out for a month, Evans was sidelined indefinitely.[50]

Evans was linked to a potential bout with Alexander Gustafsson on January 24, 2015 at UFC on Fox 14.[51] However, Evans announced he was not ready to accept a fight during that time frame as he was still rehabilitating a lingering knee injury.[52]

Evans was expected to face Glover Teixeira on February 22, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 61.[53] However, on January 7, the UFC announced that Teixeira had pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury that he had sustained in his last fight. A heavyweight bout between Antônio Silva and Frank Mir, previously scheduled for UFC 184, headlined the event.

Evans announced in mid-February 2015 that he expected to be sidelined an additional six to seven months after undergoing another knee surgery and hoped to return by the end of 2015.[54]

Evans faced Ryan Bader on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192.[55] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[56]

A long discussed bout against Maurício Rua was rescheduled and was expected to take place on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[57] However, Rua was pulled from the fight on March 9 in favor of a matchup with Corey Anderson a couple of weeks later at UFC 198. In turn, Evans faced former title challenger Glover Teixeira.[58][59] Evans lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[60]

Personal life

Evans and his ex-wife have one son, Rashad Jr., and a daughter, Nia.[61] He also has a daughter, Tahja, from a previous relationship.

Evans' brother Lance made a brief appearance on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir, but was eliminated by Vinny Magalhães due to a rib injury and did not join the cast.[62]

Evans has appeared in a Microsoft commercial, where he says the lines, "You got a problem with that!" and "I'm a PC!", while sparring with an unidentified opponent.[63] Evans is a frequent commentator on the ESPN show MMA Live. Evans also made an appearance on Spike TV's show Deadliest Warrior. In the episode, Evans easily pierces a pig carcass with the xyston similar to one used by Alexander the Great, and crushed a gel torso's throat with an elbow.

In January 2012, one of his family friends and amateur MMA fighter, 20 year old Jeffrey Dunbar was physically paralyzed after a fight with Rudy Bahena.[64]

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur wrestling

  • Niagra Wheatfield High School
    • 4th place New York State High School Wrestling Championships 145 lbs 1997, 171 lbs 1998
  • National Junior College Athletic Association
    • Junior College National Champion 165 lb – out of Niagara County Community College (2000)[65]

Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–5–1 BRA Glover Teixeira KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans 02016-04-16April 16, 2016 1 1:48 USA Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 19–4–1 USA Ryan Bader Decision (unanimous) UFC 192 02015-10-03October 3, 2015 3 5:00 USA Houston, Texas, United States
Win 19–3–1 USA Chael Sonnen TKO (punches) UFC 167 02013-11-16November 16, 2013 1 4:05 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–3–1 USA Dan Henderson Decision (split) UFC 161 02013-06-15June 15, 2013 3 5:00 CAN Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 17–3–1 BRA Antônio Rogério Nogueira Decision (unanimous) UFC 156 02013-02-02February 2, 2013 3 5:00 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 17–2–1 USA Jon Jones Decision (unanimous) UFC 145 02012-04-21April 21, 2012 5 5:00 USA Atlanta, Georgia, United States For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 17–1–1 USA Phil Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis 02012-01-28January 28, 2012 5 5:00 USA Chicago, Illinois, United States UFC Light Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 16–1–1 USA Tito Ortiz TKO (knee to the body and punches) UFC 133 02011-08-06August 6, 2011 2 4:48 USA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 15–1–1 USA Quinton Jackson Decision (unanimous) UFC 114 02010-05-29May 29, 2010 3 5:00 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–1–1 BRA Thiago Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 108 02010-01-02January 2, 2010 3 5:00 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–1–1 BRA Lyoto Machida KO (punches) UFC 98 02009-05-23May 23, 2009 2 3:57 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 13–0–1 USA Forrest Griffin TKO (punches) UFC 92 02008-12-27December 27, 2008 3 2:46 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Win 12–0–1 USA Chuck Liddell KO (punch) UFC 88 02008-09-06September 6, 2008 2 1:51 USA Atlanta, Georgia, United States Knockout of the Night; Knockout of the Year (2008).
Win 11–0–1 ENG Michael Bisping Decision (split) UFC 78 02007-11-17November 17, 2007 3 5:00 USA Newark, New Jersey, United States
vDraw 10–0–1 USA Tito Ortiz Draw (unanimous) UFC 73 02007-07-07July 7, 2007 3 5:00 USA Sacramento, California, United States Ortiz was deducted a point for grabbing the fence.
Win 10–0 USA Sean Salmon KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Salmon 02007-01-25January 25, 2007 2 1:06 USA Hollywood, Florida, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 9–0 USA Jason Lambert KO (punches) UFC 63 02006-09-23September 23, 2006 2 2:22 USA Anaheim, California, United States
Win 8–0 USA Stephan Bonnar Decision (majority) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 02006-06-28June 28, 2006 3 5:00 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 USA Sam Hoger Decision (split) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 02006-04-06April 6, 2006 3 5:00 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Win 6–0 USA Brad Imes Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale 02005-11-05November 5, 2005 3 5:00 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the TUF 2: Heavyweight.
Win 5–0 USA Jaime Jara Decision (unanimous) GC 27: FightFest 2 02004-06-03June 3, 2004 3 5:00 USA Colusa, California, United States Won the Gladiator Challenge Light Heavyweight Tournament.
Win 4–0 USA Hector Ramirez Decision (unanimous) GC 27: FightFest 2 02004-06-03June 3, 2004 2 5:00 USA Colusa, California, United States
Win 3–0 USA Bryan Pardoe TKO (punches) GC 26: FightFest 1 02004-06-02June 2, 2004 1 3:24 USA Colusa, California, United States
Win 2–0 USA David Anderson Submission (punches) Dangerzone 26: Professional Level Cage Fighting 02004-04-10April 10, 2004 1 3:09 USA Osceola, Iowa, United States
Win 1–0 USA Dennis Reed Submission (anaconda choke) Dangerzone 26: Professional Level Cage Fighting 02004-04-10April 10, 2004 1 0:50 USA Osceola, Iowa, United States

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Preceded by
Forrest Griffin
9th UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
December 27, 2008 – May 23, 2009
Succeeded by
Lyoto Machida