Had it only involved the winners of TUF 1 and TUF 2 facing off the storyline behind Evans-Griffin would have been fine. However, the bout also happened to involve the light heavyweight title Griffin had won earlier in the year from Quinton Jackson. Griffin’s size advantage paid off early and plenty of folks had him up 2-0 after the first two frames. Come the third, the momentum immediately changed after Griffin slipped and ended up on his back. Evans attacked from above and, after some attempts at defending the ground/pound, Griffin gave in to the shots and was forced to tap. Evans would go on to lose the belt to Lyoto Machida in his first defense but, regardless, he will always be linked to the championship based on beating Griffin.
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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