Rashad Evans: Untouchable?
There are hundreds of fighters in the UFC, but there are only a select few, elite, that can and have gone undefeated for as long as Rashad "Sugar" Evans. With an immaculate 18-0-1 record, Rashad may very well be the most wanted man in the UFC, even more so then the monster, Anderson Silva.
Why, you ask? Its plain and simple, nobody expected "Sugar" to do this well and get this far.
We all remember him as the young arrogant "show-boater" from The Ultimate fighter 4. Now, almost four years later he is the Undisputed Light Heavyweight champion and has taken down such legends as Chuck Liddel and took Tito Ortiz to a draw.
The sad news is, this writer believe Evans' time is running out and he will not go undefeated much longer. Don't get me wrong, Rashad is young and has a very long career ahead of him but there is too much talent floating around in the UFC for "Sugar" to stay untouchable too much longer.
For all you die hard Evans fans or Racan Alhoch disbelievers, I have compiled a list. This list is of fighters that can beat Rashad "Sugar" Evans for sure, fighters that have the ability to beat him and fighters that are in different weight divisions but seem to have more talent than Evans, just to add insult to injury.
Fighters that can beat Rashad "Sugar" Evans for sure:
Anderson "The Spider" Silva
I don't think I need to explain myself nor do I feel the need to remind you who this man is. If you are clueless as to who Anderson Silva is then do yourself a favor, go to your nearest MMA gym, since they seem to be sprouting up everywhere, and ask the first person you see to sock you in the face.
Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida
One of Rashad's great advantages is his elusiveness in the octagon. My friend, "The Dragon" and his unique fighting style (deeply rooted in Karate) is just as elusive if not more elusive than "Sugar" himself.
Add Machida's great knock-out power and conditioning, you may just have the perfect recipe to bring Evans down.
Dan "Hendo" Henderson
Evans has a very solid collegiate wrestling background on top of his impressive talent as a striker. That will fail to scare Mr. Henderson.
"Hendo" is an extremely talented athlete. His knockout power is unstoppable, his conditioning is impeccable, his wrestling is impregnable and he wants to eat your babies, praise be to Allah—Mike Tyson circa 2000.
Michael "The Count" Bisping
I have saved the most controversial for last. There is no doubt in this writer's mind that Bisping can defeat Evans.
I remember the fight between Bisping and Evans at UFC 78 very vividly. Michael "The Count" Bisping got robbed the night of Nov. 17, 2007.
This writer had never been so sure of a fight that had gone to the judges, it was obvious that Bisping won. It was so obvious that one can almost cringe at the thought of Evans winning that fight. Just like an honorable athlete should, Bisping never complained or made the situation into a big fuss.
Fighters that have the talent to defeat Rashad Evans:
Rashad and Forrest fought very recently. Watching the fight, it is easy to see that Griffin has the talent to beat Evans its just a matter of using the correct strategy. Griffin is a very well rounded fighter with great grappling skills and the heart of a lion, if only he played his cards right that night.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Quinton is one of the most talented fighters in the UFC. If he was to put together a great pre-fight training camp "Rampage" could easily defeat Rashad Evans. You can't tell me you wouldn't love to see Jackson execute his trademark body slam on Rashad.
Fighter(s) that show more potential and talent than Evans:
He may be a bit of an unknown in the light heavyweight division but his talents are apparent. He is such a dynamic and unorthodox fighter that it almost boggles the mind.
His athletic background is very similar to that of Rashad's.
Jones can hit you from any angle and position, he has great conditioning, speed, skill and strength. Jon is still a very young fighter which means he is very rough around the edges.
If he keeps his focus on fighting and not partying he can, in a few years, be one of the the greatest fighters in the UFC.
Many people may not agree with these choices but I am steadfast in my opinions. Rashad "Sugar" Evans is no doubt a great fighter that will leave a mark in the MMA world forever but he is certainly not "untouchable" and this will be seen at UFC 98: Evans VS Machida.
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