It may not have been pretty but former UFC light heavyweight champion, “Sugar” Rashad Evans, did his job this evening in picking up the unanimous decision nod over Thiago Silva during the main event of UFC 108.
And while Rashad accomplished what he set out to do this evening in the grand scheme of things, the bout wasn’t without it’s share of third round dramatics as the dangerous Brazilian knockout artist had Evans in a whole lot of bother after a right hand from Silva sent the Greg Jackson trained fighter reeling in the bout’s closing moments.
Evans isn’t going to sit here and try to lie to you guys; the bout was grueling, and he felt every bit of it in that final round.
“In the third round I felt like I got a little tired,” said Evans following the bout.
“That third round was supposed to be for me to pressure him and pick up the pace, and do what I wanted to do.”
However, that was not the case, as a late rally from Thiago had the former champ experiencing intense flashbacks from his prior trip to the Octagon where Rashad was left snoring from a series of consciousness separating punches at the hands of current 205 pound title holder, Lyoto Machida.
“Oh no, this isn’t going to happen again,” Evans admitted thinking in the midst of battle on wobbly legs this Saturday evening. “Okay, okay, I just got caught with a good shot. My legs feel a little loose, but I’m just going to try to tie up until I feel better.”
That’s exactly what Evans did, as the winning coach of TUF 10 regathered his wits long enough to avoid any further come from behind rallies from Silva while picking up the unanimous decision nod on all three of the judges’ scorecards, 29-28.
“You lose your head and your ass goes with it,” said Evans.
Rashad is expected to face off with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in his next fight with the promotion, although no date has been set for the highly anticipated showdown as of yet.