Headlining an event has become nothing new for Rashad Evans.
Since 2008, Evans has emerged as one of the top 205-pound competitors, earning victories over Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Quinton "Rampage"Jackson.
But headlining the upcoming UFC on FOX card has a different meaning for the former UFC light heavyweight champion, who will meet Phil Davis in the evening's main event.
“For me, this fight in Chicago is the biggest fight of my career," Evans wrote as a special guest blogger in Chicago Sun Times. "To main event a massive show like this on national television is a huge honor and easily the biggest opportunity of my life.”
The first UFC on FOX card drew a lot of viewers to watch the heavyweight title between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, which Evans pointed to as an opportunity to get more exposure on a grander stage.
However, Evans looks beyond fame and exposure in earning a win over Davis next weekend. He said he is not only fighting for a potential title shot against Jon Jones, but for the love and pride of his adopted hometown.
“I’ve lived in Chicago for over four years, and I’m going to be proud to represent the city when I step inside the Octagon,” he said.
UFC on FOX 2 takes place next weekend live from the United Center in Chicago.