Salmon is far from the biggest name Evans has faced and beaten. Still, mentioning the match-up instantly produces an image of a stiff Salmon falling backward to the mat after getting blasted in the face with a head kick. It was a seminal moment in Evans’ career, showing he had evolved as a fighter and possessed explosive power to go with his excellent wrestling ability. The highlight reel finish also propelled him into the upper-echelon of the division and he hasn’t looked back since.
With questions about his remaining passion, 34-year old Rashad Evans has an important task in front of him this weekend when he squares off against Chael Sonnen at UFC 167. The co-headlining clash gives Evans an opportunity to show he still has what it takes to make a run at the title despite some recent stumbles as well as add another win over a game adversary to his resume. And, given the former light heavyweight champion’s past efforts in similar situations, there’s no reason to think he can’t do just that. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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