Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans didn’t seem like himself during a recent loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Now, in an interview with ESPN, “Suga” is letting it be known that he wasn’t the same entering the fight.
Evans will get his chance to snap a two-fight losing skid later this year when he meets Dan Henderson.
“Having a failed marriage and not being able to see your kids on a daily basis, that’s what hurts me every single day,” Evans said. “I feel like I failed in my marriage and I failed my kids by not being in their lives on a daily basis. It’s because they live in Chicago and in order for me to train I live in South Florida for the most part. I have a place in Chicago, but I’m rarely ever there because I’m always trying to train. It bothers me and I can’t say that it doesn’t.”
Evans’ divorce was finalized after a loss to Jon Jones in 2012 for the UFC light heavyweight title. He spent the remainder of the year on the sidelines, only to fall to Nogueira upon returning.
Now, with a key match up vs. Henderson on the horizon, Evans is anxious to get back to work.
“I’m happy about this fight [against Henderson],” Evans said. “Having the chance to fight somebody like Dan is a big deal, especially after not having the performance I would have liked [against Nogueira]. It’s good to get in there with somebody like Dan and answer a lot of critics and to show everybody that I am still one of the best guys in the weight class. I couldn’t find my rhythm against Nogueira; I couldn’t find my timing. It was just one of those things. It was like I was in a mental fog.”
While both Evans and “Hendo” are coming off losses, this is a bout that has me excited. These are two legends in the 205-pound division and they should put on a show.
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