The rivalry between “Rampage” and Evans was epic, playing out on TUF 10. In fact, there was a point where it seemed as though the two would have to be physically separated after a heated exchange in the training center. The fight wasn’t necessarily as exciting as might have been initially envisioned, but Evans’ performance was on par with his best and he had little trouble handling Jackson minus a single sequence. Evans allowed professional instincts to outweigh personal feelings, showing the type of make-up that helps make fighters great.
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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