Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans recently returned from a trip to Puerto Rico to help promote the UFC and MMA in general in the country.

Evans, who will face Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans later this month, talked about his trip in a recent press release.

The visit to Puerto Rico was one of the craziest things I’ve done in my UFC career, and I’ve been here since 2005. The fans went crazy, it was so cool to be part of that. I couldn’t believe the response.

While on the trip, Evans met up with a native of the country, former world boxing champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad. Despite his boxing roots, Trinidad seems to have found a passion for MMA.

The truth is, MMA and UFC is something that’s taking over the world and we love it in Puerto Rico. We are what they call ‘hot-blooded’ – we love fighting and love watching UFC events. I’ve never thought about training an MMA fighter, but honestly, I’d love to help if it’s a Puerto Rican fighter.

Evans held an open workout for the fans and media, allowing them special access to a former champion. Evans gets a bad rap from some, but he always seems willing to go the extra mile for the UFC and MMA fans in general.

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