After 14-year career Rashad Evans (19-8-1 MMA, 14-8-1 UFC) is hanging up his gloves. Evans is leaving the promotion loosing his past five fights with his last fight loosing in a 53-second knockout against Anthony Smith at UFC 225. As we remember Evans won Season 2 of “The Ultimate Fighter” back in 2005. Some of his memorable victories include Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Phil Davis, Tito Ortiz, Quinton Jackson and Chuck Liddell.
Rashad announced his retirement today (June 25, 2018) in a very emotional interview on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” that streamed live on ESPN’s Twitter account.
During the interview he stated:
“It’s hard, “I don’t want to go out losing, or nothing like that, but at the same time it’s what I need. It’s what I need to do because I feel like I have other things in life that are calling me to go, too. I thought how hard it would be for me to really say these words or really make a statement about it, but I needed to. It’s part of me healing and just accepting the what-is. I can’t fool myself any longer about it.”
He continued saying:
“I feel a little unsettled about the way my career ended, but I think I had to end this way,” “I don’t think I would have stopped if it didn’t end this way. Having it end this way, it was hard, but there’s no mistakes in life and it was necessary. I trust the process in life and I trust the universe, and God, and I know it’s going to decide what’s best for me.”
Evans expressed the difficulties in walking away. However, he feels he’s put a tremendous amount of time and effort into the sport, and spent countless hours away from his family. Now he wants to give those hours back.
Evans did state that he is ready for whats coming up in the near future:
“I can say for certainty that I won’t fight again,” “I feel like there’s other things in life I want to do. I know there’s other things in life I want to do. It’s so much that goes into it all. At one point in my life I felt as if fighting was everything – it was everything. But now, I put life second. But now life is taking over and fighting is becoming second. Competing in a sport like MMA where you have a lot of guys who haven’t been to the top of the mountain, who haven’t experienced the things I’ve experienced, they’re hungry for it. For me, I was just lukewarm.”
FightBookMMA would like to thank Rashad Evans for everything he has done in the sport and thank you for all the memories you have left in and outside the cage. We wish you nothing but good vibes in what the future holds for you.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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