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You know what kicks this into fail territory? Rashad Evans spending the whole week talking about dropping to middleweight and fighting Anderson Silva. And not only that, but implying he wouldn't really be super pumped about being given a tune-up fight at 185.
But that's not even what makes it fail territory. Want to know what makes it fail territory?
The fact that he was so tentative in there. He parried punches. He took punches. He threw a few loopers of his own, if the mood was right. He stood there. He lunged half-heartedly for takedowns. Some he got. Some he didn't.
He was sluggish and flat. He brought a rubber chicken to a butter knife fight.
Not a real strong effort from Rashad on Saturday night, is my point. But that's not even what makes it fail territory.
Want to know what makes it fail territory?
That one of his most notable Blackzilians teammates, Alistair Overeem, bit the dust in the fight before. The Blackzilians camp, from what I understand, was co-created by Evans.
That can't feel good. You know what it does feel like? A fail. It feels like a fail.