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Rashad Evans Can’t Believe He’s Headlining Over Matt Hughes

Rashad Evans may be the UFC light heavyweight champ, but the title doesn’t seem to have gone to his head.  Talking with him last week he mentioned that it’s both humbling and sobering to be at a point in his career where he’s the headlining attraction on a card with legendary UFC fighters he came up watching.

“Seeing a guy like Matt Hughes, it makes me kind of wonder, how did I get to be headlining over Matt Hughes on a UFC card?  I mean, Matt Hughes?  It’s Matt Hughes, man.  It just makes you really stop and think.”

But seeing former champions now in the twilight of their careers also makes him think about his own future as a fighter, which he found himself pondering after Chuck Liddell’s most recent loss.

“You look at guys like Chuck or Rich Franklin, and they were dominating just a couple of years ago.  It makes you really ask yourself, why do I do this?  Would I do it if nobody was watching?  Would I do it if there were no accolades?  I know one day my time is going to be up.”

As for being the champion, he admits that he hasn’t felt a significant change in his life just from having the belt around his waist.

“I really don’t think about it much.  I don’t feel any different.  Fighting for the belt is one thing, but if I didn’t have it I’d still want to fight.  Fighting for money only gets you so far.  It has to be about more than that.”

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Kadumel- May 3, 2009 at 9:59 am
Oh and learn how to spell. I bet you dont even have a job.
Kadumel- May 3, 2009 at 9:58 am
fuck you nigger
Anonymous- April 30, 2009 at 6:57 am

HAHAHA The racist come to roost biggie cause I know you would ever say that to my face ......White people have everything else are white people reccsion proof man I can tell you dont read,stay up on current events and stay at home with mommy and uncle-daddy on the farm .....I bet you your whole monthly salary which im sure is less than 1100.00 that you are closet racist that hides behind the pc at the public library typing racist BS but never in a million years say that to any non-white person....Funny racist cowards love to parade their ignorance for the world to see

"black people are notoriously too lazy to work for"

I bet you dont no a single black person ...or to make this statement you know every black person which is it ??????? just stick to racist rants at least with them you dont have to use your brain
kadumel- April 29, 2009 at 7:25 am
@Anonymous 7:20

You are a fucking MORON. Stop trying to make everything about race, why would white people care that a few MMA champions are black? White people have everything else including the well paying jobs which black people are notoriously too lazy to work for. Same goes for MMA gyms, you could open them in every hood doesnt meant the work ethic will change. Dumbass. Sounds like from your e-mail though you may be a cock lover so this should go in one ear and out the other.
Anonymous- April 29, 2009 at 7:22 am

dude your so full of shit its not even funny. If your such a championship fighter then whats your real name? thought so loser. Dont come on here pretending to be anymore than any one of these other losers. Its just makes you more pathetic living your fantasy life. Fucking douche.
Anonymous- April 29, 2009 at 7:20 am
Bottom lline is this.......He is black ...White people cant stand to see their ever loving MMA sport slowly drifting to minorties like boxing,football,basketball,golf and every other sport in the world.......I mean cmon, I even here people say Anderson silva isnt black he is brazilian...fuck tards Brazilian is his nationality not his race...Swallow it up thou cause once MMA gyms start openeing in lower income neighbor hoods there will be a flood of non white champions ....and im white bitch
TKOG- April 29, 2009 at 5:36 am
Rashad is undefeated. Why... because no one could beat him. How can anyone argue with that?
And as far as him being black is concerned. Well , so is the President of the USA. Now that has to really be frustrating for the real racist. On this blog we are talking MMA/fighting. And I hope that all of you with all the nasty comments are at least fighters too. Because if you have never stood toe to toe with someone in real combat you have no valid opinions at all. Way before the UFC and K-1 there were guys ( like myself included) that trained and fought in competitions here in Japan, and Asia. We won championships etc... and we did it for the pride of winning. Not the money. Of course we all would have loved to be getting paid but that was not happening in those days. We went to Thailand to train Kickboxing. In those days the Thai trainers didn`t come to you, you went to them. We lived in the dojo here in Japan. Bushido is the way of the warrior. Honor. Obligation to your teacher. Respect for every fighters regardless of winning or loosing. We need to bring some of these values back to MMA. Anyone can loose just as anyone can win.
Aussiejosh- April 29, 2009 at 2:49 am
Win or lose his next fight. Rashard will be a tiop five fighter for at least the next 3 years!
Monkey Punch- April 28, 2009 at 11:40 am
no way he holds the belt past machida.
but rampage will take it from machida.
Andre's Pee Pee- April 28, 2009 at 11:40 am
Since The ICEMAN has thawed, Sugar is my new MMA Money Man.
CAPS LOCK HAL- April 28, 2009 at 11:37 am
Jay Smith- April 28, 2009 at 11:34 am
@ Sammich
Well said dude. Anyone that brings up the issue of color is showing their ignorance, even before they start spelling words wrong. (funny shit!!!)
Jay Smith- April 28, 2009 at 11:30 am
What about when Roger Huerta turned and spit on the ring right in the middle of the fight with Ken Flo? What about when BJ Penn went "back" over to Sean Sherk after he had already walked away from him after knocking him out, to wipe his face and act like he was licking his blood off of his gloves? You guys are just Rashad haters. He's always classy in interviews, and respectful to "All" fighters. You haters have hated him every since the reality show when Matt Hughes said he was showboating, and have hoped for him to fail. Since he hasn't, it has made you hate him even more. No one "IN" the sport has anything bad to say about him. Only a handful of old Matt Hughes fans, and you sumbitches don't carry any weight anymore.
Rashad Evans- April 28, 2009 at 11:29 am
White Power!
Sammich- April 28, 2009 at 11:22 am
@ MMA bowler........

Yea, MMA bowler........

The only thing that burns me is to think that white people are pissed that a black man has the title, especially an affluent and humble black man. The only thing that burns us is the fact that you can misspell octagon and still be allowed to have an opinion. I am no fascist, but I bet you don't even have a clue what that means.

I hope Rashad holds the belt for a long time.
The MMA Bowler- April 28, 2009 at 11:10 am
I know it just burns you white poeple that a black man is Champ huh? Seeing him throw Chuck a slumber party right in the middle of the octagone. Then hammer fist Forest face to pieces.LMAO. Now you looking a that karate fag for help? Evans TKO 4th round. Then we can have some Black on Black crime! Stop hate'n folks. As fro Matt the Fag Hughes, please the old hick still feels the pit bull knee in his face. The "Terror" is gonna retire him. NEW YORK all the way.
Dojima- April 28, 2009 at 10:42 am
I find it funny that the original "TUF Guy" claims to hate this site and anyone who goes here, yet, monitors it so closely that he can reply to an impostor "tuf guy" in only one post later.

har har har x9000
Monkey Punch- April 28, 2009 at 10:41 am
yeah he is not a dick.
just loved how classy he looked grabing his junk during a fight.
thats a move only caps lock hal would like.
gesus- April 28, 2009 at 10:38 am
You need a better posting system with IP bans...these retarded comments are getting out of hand!
Anonymous- April 28, 2009 at 10:37 am
I believe Rich has more fight left in him, but not against Anderson. The way Anderson demolished Rich in both fights was a beating that Rich should not even have to go through a third time.

As far as you saying Rashad acting like a dick, I guess it is okay when other fighters show out after wins and jump on top of the cage and dance in the ring. Now when Rashad shows his excitement, you feel he is not worthy of it. Maybe you really need to check out his career and see how he got to where he is. Everybody always has him as the underdog and he proves them wrong. If he should beat Lyoto, I guess you will have more excuses like everybody else why Rashad is a dick.
Typical Troll- April 28, 2009 at 10:34 am
Troll answer here...
brandon- April 28, 2009 at 10:33 am
These comments are running fucking wild. LOL
Monkey Punch- April 28, 2009 at 10:32 am
machida 2nd round ko.
cant wait for this one.
Anonymous- April 28, 2009 at 10:31 am
Rashad has not looked so good the last two fights?? Did you really watch the fights or hear about them from your barber?? Last time I checked, Rashad left Chuck sleeping in the ring and took the belt away from Forest by pounding him into the ring.
da pitbull- April 28, 2009 at 10:30 am
how taste my pee pee?