Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans believes he knows why he has struggled in each of his past two bouts – both of which ended in losses for “Suga.”
This Saturday, Evans will return to action against Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 161 from Canada. The bout is scheduled for three rounds, as it was a last-minute replacement for the scrapped planned headliner.
For Evans, this is all about getting back to what he does best: read and react.
“The one thing I’ve been working on more than anything is becoming more confident and implementing what I’m good at,” said Evans, during a recent appearance on FUEL TV. “I seem to have a tendency to over-think what I’m doing when I’m out there competing. When you’re out there, the last thing you should be doing is thinking; you should just be reacting.”
Evans will be facing a former world champion in Henderson, who is also looking to rebound from a loss his last time out. And, of course, Evans is well aware of his foe’s deadly “H-bomb.”
“I watch it over and over again,” he said. “But I can’t be afraid to get hit by it. If you’re afraid of it, you’ll probably get hit by it harder than you think.”
Evans pointed out to previous matchups – and wins – over heavy hitters Chuck Liddell and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, adding, “I know that I can get caught by a big right hand and keep fighting.”