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Rashad Evans: “I know what I need to do to get the results that I want to get.”

Rashad Evans: “I know what I need to do to get the results that I want to get.”

UFC> light heavyweight Rashad Evans is on the first losing streak of his career after dropping consecutive decisions to champion Jon Jones and, in an upset, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Evans has a chance to avoid the dreaded three-fight slide on June 15 at UFC 161 but will have to overcome a major challenge to do so, fighting Dan Henderson in the card’s headliner.

Though a test as stiff as the seasoned Henderson might intimidate some, Evans is excited about proving his doubters wrong once again by beating a legend in the Octagon and already has a good idea on how to do so.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to fight against Dan Henderson. He’s definitely on the top of that list of some of the best, some of the Hall of Famers that I’ve competed against,” admitted Evans in an interview with the UFC.

When it comes to defeating Henderson it appears Evans’ gameplan won’t involve trading strikes but rather neutralizing his foe’s fierce fists with speed and takedown attempts.

“I know what I need to do to get the results that I want to get,” said Evans. “Take down, ground and pound, and roll up our sleeves, get dirty, and go to work. I’m gonna try like fifty takedowns this fight. Fifty. If I get him down on the ground I want to ground and pound him until he’s done.”

“I’m not gonna stand in front of him and try to bang it out, hope to God I don’t get hit with that big right hand. I’m gonna be smart,” he concluded. “He’s gonna wanna knock me out. Its not gonna happen. He’s not knocking me out.”

The full interview with Evans can be seen below:

4 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    “I know what I need to do” Not play patty cake..

    I can see Rashad doing exactly what he’s saying he will do, right off the bat shooting in. Ever since Machida KO’ed him he’s gunshy, and any time he gets tagged he goes into full on defensive mode. He really doesn’t want to get hit by Hendo, and that’s basically all Hendo will look for, so take that out of the equation.

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  • Screenplaya says:

    If Suga really means what he says, he will almost surely win. He can take down Hendo, he can ground and pound him. But, if he tries to stand with him, as he STUPIDLY did with Lil Nog, he will get his lights dimmed for a few minutes. I am not sure about Rashad. He is among my fave fighters, but the Lil Nog “fight” really has me concerned that Jones broke him.

    He is definitely saying the right things here, so I have a glimmer of hope.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I don’t know if he got broke Screenplaya, or if it was like someone (I think MCM) hinted, that switching camps and starting his own full of Yes men really got into his head, or if it was like Rashad said and he just had no desire to fight, and just took the fight for a pay day.

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  • MCM says:

    Switching camps, losing friends, getting a divorce, losing family, moving to a new area of the country, yeah that was me. I think all of that was a huge problem in the Jones fight. I don’t know what the hell happened in the Lil Nog fight.

    I completely agree with Screenplaya in that Rashad is one of may favorites and that I’m concerned. Rashad is basically a younger, faster, version of Hendo so by all accounts he should win. But after his last few outings, I can’t bring myself to call it for him in full confidence.

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