Rashad Evans can call it a career again.
42-year-old former UFC champion Rashad Evans may retire. Evans made a quick return to MMA recently when he fought on the main card of the Eagle FC 44 card.
Evans faced Gabriel Cecco and walked away with the win. It was Evans’ first win in a long time. And now that he’s got the win he’s been looking for, he may be ready to enjoy his retirement.
Evans had a great time in the UFC. He came to the UFC back in 2005 when he won Ultimate Fighter Second season. He later won the light heavyweight title. Toward the end of his career, Evans ran into some trouble. He ended his UFC career with five consecutive losses. He recently told BJPenn.com why he decided to return to fighting.
“It was a few different things, ending my career the way I did, I wasn’t happy with that,” Evans said. “It’s just that a lot of introspection over the past few years has brought back that competitive advantage, and also some things, the pandemic has forced us to look at things in a new way. It made me want to compete. It felt like we didn’t have enough time to do what we really love.”
Evans made the decision to return after a three-year hiatus and join Khabib Nurmagomedov’s promotion for one last chance to win. Now that Evans has won the victory he aspired to, he doesn’t feel the need to do it again.
“I don’t know, I keep asking myself if I’m going to compete again or if I’ll just leave it at that. It’s nice to be on that high note, a big part of me just says, “Stay here,” Evans said. “At this point in my life, I feel like I have nothing to fight for. Fighting for me has always been a personal journey and I feel like I passed the test that I needed to pass. I’m still in the gym, working out and working out, I’m sure somewhere down the road something will show up for me where I’m just like, give me another one. I’m going to take my time with this. I’m 42, let’s see. That’s a big part of it, that’s a huge part of whether I do it again. I got the victory I so desperately wanted. Now that I’ve won, I don’t want to switch places and lose.”
Evans was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2019. He can also be seen at the table, performing various duties as a commentator for the ESPN media.
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