Rhode Island’s own Thomas Evans made his long-awaited return to the cage on the weekend at CES 60 in Lincoln, R.I., scoring a 2nd-round TKO victory over Johnny Adams in super-lightweight action.
How did it feel to get back in the cage?
It was an amazing feeling, a roller coaster of emotions for sure, from the fighter check in to the walkout, to hearing my name called in the ring and staring across the cage at my opponent, to being put in some tough spots round 1 all the way to getting my hand raised at the end. Something I will never forget,
What was the key to your victory?
I knew he was going to go for the takedowns and I knew if he got it I would have to stay calm and listen to my jiu-jitsu coach. I did my best to block out all the noise and listen to his voice while battling Adams submission attempts the entire round 1. Adams hit me with some good shots while he was on top so I knew reaming calm and moving to advance position was key. I knew going into round 2 that I had to put him out standing and use my kickboxing to keep him in my range and not allow another takedown. I am very thankful I was able to do so in round 2.
How did it feel to get back to your winning ways?
This is my 3rd straight win (2 Pro Muay Thai and now 1 MMA) It felt great to finally after all these years achieve a goal I set out to accomplish dating back to 2012 and that was to get a win at home in the CES MMA Cage. CES has always supported my non-profit organization throughout the years as well as my fighting career as professional. CES does a great job of making the fighters feel comfortable. It was an honor to have this opportunity.
Did you do anything to celebrate?
Honestly I was in a war, so I rested the entire weekend, went out with some close friends and my girlfriend that night, but the weekend was spent getting rest and working on Central Falls Youth Baseball.
Will we see you back in the CES MMA cage?
I did not announce my retirement so we will see what opportunities presents itself. For right now I can say it is not off the table, but my life is moving very fast and I have a lot of community goals to focus on at the moment. So we will see.
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