Rashad Evans Talks UFC 225 Crossroads, New Movie With Rampage, Bisping’s Retirement + More!

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MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant spoke via Skype with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Rashad Evans and heard what he had to say about his upcoming UFC 225 fight with Anthony Smith. Rashad talks about the mental aspect when fighting off a losing streak, the changes he’s made in order to get back to his “old self,” the ups and downs of a fighters’ career and more. “Suga” also talks about filming a new movie with his former rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, his former opponent Michael Bisping’s retirement and the upcoming title fight between Champ Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero.

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29 Comments on "Rashad Evans Talks UFC 225 Crossroads, New Movie With Rampage, Bisping’s Retirement + More!"

  1. It sounds like Rashad wants to finish his career on a high note but is no longer concerned with things such as winning the title, fans' opinions, etc but instead looks to himself for the answers in fighting and life. He is back to trusting in himself and is ready to accept the positives and negatives of his decisions. This seemed to be a deeper interviewer than you were expecting judging by your body language lol.

  2. What rashad did to Phil Davis and Chael sonnen… Bring back the offensive wrestling and grind… Then the following rounds he no longer trying to feel his opponents out… That's where I see the issue.

  3. Great Interview Karen! Thank you for posting this. Rashad is one of my favorite fighters of all time in MMA, I have followed his career since he won TUF2 in 2005 and his star blossomed from there. It's great to hear from Suga again after all this time. Despite his recent losses, it's clear that he is still the same intelligent and charismatic person that he always was back in the days when he was champion and fighting for the title. I don't know if this next fight is going to be his last, but I hope that he does well and reminds the MMA world of who he is. Is one last title run on the cards for Rashad? My mind is telling me no, but my heart wants him to rise to the occasion and find some success in the octagon again. I don't want to see him fight for too much longer because I think it will be bad for his health, but if he can somehow win the title again within the next 2-3 years, it will certainly be a great story. Either way, love you Rashad, keep doing your thing!

    • So glad you enjoyed the interview! Rashad is a truly wonderful guy who I believe still has a lot to offer the MMA world. Hoping he lets his hands go in this fight and does what we know he can do! Anthony should be a very game opponent… Fingers crossed for a great scrap!

  4. Sorry for my tweet, Karyn. It wasn’t meant to be as malicious as it came off.
    I think you really know your stuff – I just meant it like it doesn’t make sense to have a non-fighter on a dais of fighters.

    I wasn’t trying to refer to your intellectual capacity in a diminutive manner. You’re incredibly intelligent. You’ve probably forgotten more about MMA than I’ll ever know.

    I was just in a bad mood and I sent you a rude message. I apologize.

    Take care, Karyn.

  5. I'd really like to see Rash ad get back with the program. He's really a damn good fighter when he's up and running on all cylinders. Good ko power, quick. Solid wrestler with good stand up. I'm pulling for him. 205 needs something. Luke vs Rashad sounds like a damn decent fight to me..Idk somethin. Come on with it Rashad let's go.

  6. Suga very thoughtful and deep feelings shared in this one. Great interview again with KB and MMA H.E.A.T. Team. Great Job! I do hope Suga wins this one and then retires. I can't stand to see Suga lose again.

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