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.”
“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.”