After a tough title fight loss to Jon Jones, Rashad Evans was forced to deal with a layoff due to injury, but filled his off-time with a new budding career as an on-screen analyst for the UFC. In his return to the octagon this past Saturday, many were quick to criticize that Evans has lost a step. Not only in cardio, but in heart. Here is what UFC president Dana White had to say on Evans’ performance in the post-fight press conference, Saturday night.
“To be honest with you, Rashad and I have a good relationship. I like Rashad a lot. He’s a good guy, a smart guy. He has lost that hunger,” White expressed following Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “He’s lost that desire and that drive and he needs to get it back, there’s no doubt about that.
White reminds us of the ‘beast’ we saw as he was put through the ropes, rising though the light-heavyweight rankings.
“Rashad used to train like a beast. Rashad never used to get tired. The only time you saw Rashad get tired was when he first came into the UFC and he fought Tito [Ortiz] in that first fight. Then after that, he turned into an absolute beast. He’s got to get it back. Because I’ll tell you what, these [expletive] Brazilian guys are hungry.”
The most offensive word to a fighter was said to be murmured by the former champ after his upsetting loss to Jones. RETIREMENT.
“There you go. If that word even comes out of your mouth in this business, it’s a negative. It’s bad,” White said of Evans mentioning retirement. “The fact that he even said the R-word, it shows you right there where his head is at and what he’s thinking.”
“Make a few million bucks, you guys have watched the shows. You see his [expletive] house? You see the cars he drives? You see all that stuff?”