Most folks expected light heavyweight Rashad Evans to notch a victory on Saturday night against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, emerging as either a continued threat at 205 pounds or a top contender if able to successfully drop to middleweight. However, Evans suffered the first losing streak of his career thanks to a decision defeat to “Little Nog” at UFC 156, falling on the scorecards after failing to land the type of offense previously earning him a reputation as one of the division’s top stars.
“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. But he has lost that hunger. He’s lost that desire and drive, and he needs to get it back. There’s no doubt about it,” stated White. “He needs to get hungry again.”
“Back in the day, he used to get a little – what’s the word I’m looking for? Paranoid. He was always a little paranoid. But he always did the right thing. He needs to get that fire back. He doesn’t have that fire. He needs to get it,” he concluded on Evans’ uninspired outing this past weekend.
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