Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans did not look like his old self during a recent loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Evans, who has lost just three times in his MMA career, did not make any excuses for the performance. He did, however, vow to return in a post he wrote on Instagram recently.

Many times I have been blessed enough 2 win & entertain! Many times have I rose 2 the occasion and surpassed ppl’s expectations but this last fight I didn’t! I’m humbled in defeat & thankful! In life things happen that you wish did not but it does! I had a great camp but I lost! It’s easy 2 make up excuses & say its because of this or that but the plan truth is I lost cuz he fought better! Me losing doesnt mean I’m less of a human being or that I should retire! It just lets me know I have 2 do better! Im not gonna hang my head 2 long because there isnt a person living that hasnt felt disappointment of not achieving! Life only goes forward not back! I can only do my best in the future so I never feel this way again! I’m thankful 4 all the support & hate! Life is filled with real tragedy & devastation! I’m glad I get another chance! I’m blessed enough 2 have so many things in my life! God has been beyond amazing 2 me! I will move past this & do once again what many say I cant! I will guarantee b4 I am through with fighting y’all will feel me! Thank u UFC,@minotauromma & the best gym in the world #blackzilian/teammates!

Evans, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, had been rumored as a potential opponent for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva if he had defeated Nogueira.