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  • 03-25-2013, 05:07 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Rashad Evans on UFC 161: 'My back is against the wall, and that is when I perform at my best'
    Rashad Evans on UFC 161: 'My back is against the wall, and that is when I perform at my best' - Bloody Elbow
    Now, set to face Dan Henderson at UFC 161, Rashad knows that he is to the point where he could be bounced from the UFC with another loss (via ESPN):


    "This is the type of fight that keeps you up at night, because you want to do well," Evans told MMA Mania.

    "My back is against the wall, and this is when I perform at my best.

    "In the fight business, you're only as good as your next fight. If you lose two or three then you're done. My manager Bill Robinson always says, 'You're either one fight away from getting a title shot and becoming champion or you're two losses away from being cut from UFC.'"
  • 03-25-2013, 04:24 PM
    TheKidInside
    There were so many jokes, especially on TTTHS, about Hashad simply pawing away at Lil Nog to get punched in the face. I thought it was one of the worst performances I've ever seen in the cage...Lil Nog didn't come in to do much either.
  • 03-25-2013, 12:54 AM
    Fe1
    I see Rashad having a hard time taking Hendo down so I expect this fight to remain standing. I think Dan has a better chin and more punching power but Rashad has better technical boxing. This is a toss up for me.
  • 03-24-2013, 08:33 PM
    Firemass
    Jacksons may not have been the ideal place for Evans to train in after the whole JBJ debacle, but he needs a stable team who will dedicate their time to him. I'm not sure ANYONE is gettig that at Blackzilians right now.
  • 03-24-2013, 08:26 PM
    K1NG P3NN
    Rashad should have beat up Lil Nog...that fight pissed me off. Big fan of Hendo too, but gotta go with Suga on this one. Hope he makes it an impressive outing this time around.
  • 03-24-2013, 08:05 PM
    iced
    i don't think rashad has fought very well ever since he was ko'd by machida. he seemed to have changed as a fighter imo. ill give him the 2nd tito fight, but lets face it... tito was already done at that point.

    rashad can beat hendo if he out wrestles him, but I just don't see it happening.
  • 03-24-2013, 07:18 PM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre
    Alot of that "fog" has undoubtedly come from the continuous drama seeping out of the Blackzillians camp, which has just been rife with trainer and coach change-ups, rumours of a lax training environment and an atmosphere of inconsistency and somewhat, ineptitude. They're like ATT-lite but they don't seem to have a focus outside of being a "supercamp" and from Van Arsdale to Sparry and Santiago, they just don't seem to have the pieces in the right place.

    I'd be concerned about Rashad going into the next fight, because I think alot of the issues that he had are going to come up AGAIN in this camp and Hendo is cagey enough to take advantage and IMO, could drag Rashad into a clinchwar and just pull a Couture-esque style to drag Rashad out of his striking comfort zone and set him up for some heavy shots once against the cage.
  • 03-24-2013, 06:26 PM
    disposableassassin
    If Evans can come in hungry for the win and survives the first round he SHOULD have things in the bag.
  • 03-24-2013, 06:19 PM
    Cat--Smasher

    Evans eager for Hendo, cites 'mental fog' for last loss

    Evans eager for Hendo, cites 'mental fog' for last loss - Mixed Martial Arts News

    Rashad Evans has lost his last two professional bouts, the first losing streak of his career. Evans know well that in order to stay in the UFC, you have to win, and although Dan Henderson is a tough fight for anyone, Evans remains optimistic:

    “I’m happy about this fight [against Henderson],” Evans told ESPN.com. “Having the chance to fight somebody like Dan is a big deal, especially after not having the performance I would have liked [against Nogueira].

    “It’s good to get in there with somebody like Dan and answer a lot of critics and to show everybody that I am still one of the best guys in the weight class. I couldn’t find my rhythm against Nogueira; I couldn’t find my timing. It was just one of those things. It was like I was in a mental fog.”

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