For some people in life, just getting by is enough to satiate the appetite, for Rashad Evans, however, that will not suffice. Not only does he want to be the best at what he does, he also wants to be remembered forever and a day.
“I come from nothing,” the 32-year old humbly admitted. “Growing up I didn’t really have too much, and I can tap into that anytime that I want to and just remember how bad things were for me growing up and just knowing that I never want to go back there and I don’t want my kids to go through it.
So what I’ve got to do is I gotta stay strong and I gotta drive. And more than anything else, this is a dream of mine to become the best and in other words, immortal. How many other people get a chance to be remembered forever? And that’s what I really want. I want to be remembered forever,” Rashad said in a recent interview with the UFC’s website.
The former UFC light heavyweight titlist is also aware of the competition he faces from the up and coming athletes who are intent on making a name for themselves in the ever-growing Zuffa-based promotion and with that in mind, he isn’t willing to rest on his laurels.
“I never want to get content. I never want to think that I’m at a certain spot and I’m gonna stay there, because this organization’s hard to stay in, and this is the wrong place to get complacent in,” Evans continued.
“You’ve got so many guys coming up and putting in work, and everybody wants to be in my position, so I gotta be paranoid and think that if I’m not producing, if I’m not going out there and winning fights and winning impressively, I’m gonna be replaced. And I don’t like that and that’s not an easy feeling for me, so I try to do everything in my power to make sure that does not happen.”
Following several hiccups en route to vying for the 205-lb crown currently held by Jon Jones, “Suga” Rashad is now in a prime spot to make that prospect a reality when he takes on the undefeated Phil Davis (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in the main eventer of UFC on FOX 2 this Saturday evening.
A win more or less guarantees him a shot, though staying healthy is another thing altogether.
A loss, however, would be catastrophic—he’d find himself in the unfavorable position of having to rack up two or more wins to even get a look in with regards to contending for the title again.
So come fight night, for Rashad (16-1-1 MMA, 11-1-1 UFC), a victory is imperative.
UFC on Fox 2 is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2012, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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