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Rashad Evans Explains the Nipple Twist

(Props to “Justinmacd” on the UG.)

When Rashad Evans was shown twisting his nipples directly before his UFC 88 fight with Chuck Liddell, we wondered if the Greg Jackson camp knew something we didn’t; after all, Evans’s teammate Georges St. Pierre did the same thing before his title defense against Jon Fitch last month. Turns out it was just a simple goof on GSP. As Evans explained to TAGG Radio:

“Georges St. Pierre was the first do it, and it’s just sort of an inside joke…Georges said it was supposed to be good luck or something, so I said, ‘Cool, alright,’” Evans said, laughing.

Good luck, huh? Never heard that one before. Can’t wait to try it out at the roulette table.

Evans also talked about the Bill Gates mugshot t-shirt that he wore during his cage-entrance, which bore no apparent sponsors, and which some assumed was viral marketing on the part of Microsoft. If Gates paid Evans to wear it, Sugar wasn’t letting on:

“[Gates] was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M. He started off Microsoft in the basement of the Bank One Building. That’s right next to the (Team Jackson) gym.”

That’s the only association right now, but the team is hopeful Gates could become more involved with Team Jackson someday.

“Maybe one day he’ll be part of my crew,” Evans joked.

Meanwhile, in an interview with MMA Weekly, Evans credited another Jackson teammate, Keith Jardine, for helping him with his strategy for the Chuck fight:

“Keith said ‘you’re gonna get his timing, and there’s a point when you’re going to see em’ coming,’” Evans said. “‘When you see it coming, get off first — don’t sit there and wait.’ And that’s what I did. As soon as he had me against the fence, you can always tell when he’s coming, so as soon as I see him make that face, I just tried to bust off first.”

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flood23- October 19, 2008 at 3:44 pm
Lol at 'bpd''s comment!
KChuck- October 19, 2008 at 1:51 pm
Do you think Gina Carano will try out the nipple twist?

Lets all hope so.
bpd- September 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm
" soon as I see him make that face, I just tried to bust off first.”

So basically fighting Liddell is like a really intense game of "Mike Tyson's Punch Out!"
Frustrato- September 9, 2008 at 1:24 pm
Well then that explains it then, WTF?? Anyway, Rashad seems like a really funny and loose guy (despite wearing Nate Marquart's can for his fight). He should be able to sell a monster fight with Forrest, in my opinion.
Also very interesting to hear how telegraphed The Ice Man is. With this KO, and the Jardine loss, it appears that Chuck is going to have to change or get KO'd every fight. I mean, waiting for his "Punch Face" and then simply firing first. That sounds like a strategy/cheat code for a video game.
Oh, and I'm not buying the unsponsored Bill Gates/Microsoft line. I saw the exact same photo in a Microsoft TV add on Sunday. No way this is a coincidence. I guess, it can't go "viral" if you tell people that's what you're trying to do.

17th attempt to post this comment. BTW
Plain old Kevin- September 9, 2008 at 11:26 am
Rashad did that like 3 or 4 times so I guess he got a whole bunch of luck.
Anonymous- September 9, 2008 at 3:47 am
They are LYING, its done to calm the nerves b4 the fight. Don't believe me? :)
MrFeexit- September 9, 2008 at 2:19 am
Hilarious! I'm glad we have that explained now. Pretty funny.
shitwhistle- September 9, 2008 at 2:10 am
I do the exact same thing before all my fights..... oh, except I twist my opponents nipples.... or the refs.
What can I say.... I love twisting nipples.
OrMMA- September 9, 2008 at 1:58 am
Speaking on the Topic of Nipples...What would happen if Carlos Condit tried the nipple twist? HAVE YOU SEEN THOSE? Hard to pay attention to his snarling face in the stare down when all you can see on camera are the huge nipples. Holy hell, im sure someone could get a purple nerple submission gripping those.
MMA Monkey- September 9, 2008 at 1:34 am
Looks like a little nipple twist is the key to victory.