Evans’ most recent victory was important for a few reasons. First, it came against one of the finest fighters to ever grace the Octagon. Henderson’s knockout power and wrestling make him a threat to most, including Evans, but wasn’t enough to earn him the victory. Secondly, it allowed Evans to avoid a three-fight losing streak including a substandard performance against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. With Evans back in the win column, a grim future immediately became brighter, saving him from a lot of criticism and questions about his career.
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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