Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans went unbeaten in his first 14 pro MMA fighting, with a lone draw keeping him from a perfect record.
After a loss to Lyoto Machida, “Suga” rebounded to win four straight, earning himself a second shot at the UFC title.
However, a loss to Jon Jones for the belt was followed up by a decision defeat at the hands of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and leaves Evans staring at a potential three-fight losing skid if he can’t defeat Dan Henderson next Saturday at UFC 161.
“You definitely want to get the monkey off your back,” said Evans, earlier this week during a pre-fight conference call. “I want to put on a show for the fans, but more for myself. I can’t live with disappointing myself.”
Evans won the UFC title in 2008, defeating Forrest Griffin. He failed to defend it, though, as Lyoto Machida knocked him out the following May.
With the losing skid on his mind, a return to title contention isn’t, as Evans said “The title shot isn’t on my mind. I’m not (worrying) about the title right now.”
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