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Rashad Evans: “It’s Sad That You Gotta Lose Consciousness to Get Awaken”

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How true, Sugar. Here’s more footage from yesterday’s TUF 10 media day, in which Rashad Evans talks about his loss to Lyoto Machida. Mentally, it seems that Evans was defeated before he even stepped into the cage at UFC 98. He says he wasn’t prepared to deal with the demands of being a champion; he was getting his ass kicked in practice and couldn’t do anything about it, and was even losing fights in his dreams. Then, Steve Cofield digs in that ass with a barb about how Rashad didn’t use his wrestling, and Rashad kinda sorta almost blames Greg Jackson for the loss (but not really).

He also says Forrest Griffin could give Machida problems, insists that the Dragon doesn’t really hit hard, and describes the bizarre sensation of being knocked out while fully awake. In case you were wondering, Sugar’s last words in the fight were "Man, you hit like a b—"

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ArmFarmer- June 4, 2009 at 10:39 am
I'm really sick of people crying about showboating during a fight. He wasn't being disrespectful he was getting himself pumped up while at the same time saying to forrest "you just gave me all you got and I took it now bring it because I'm not backing down". It's the same as Lawler screaming and flexing at Lytle after taking a punch, or Diaz throwing his hands up in the air while he's striking with his opponent. It's called being game, it pumps up the fighters and the crowd and makes for better fights. Would you prefer Rashad just cowered against the cage like a scared child after taking Forrests' assault? You're watching two guys locked in a cage trying to tear eachother apart and you cry about a little gameness. Give me a break with the "real fans" this and "true fans" that, speak for yourself not everyone. I like seeing stuff like that becasue it shows they aren't afraid and they showed up to fight.. it's a show of heart and determination.

If a guy acts like that outside of the fight it's one thing, but when you're locked in a cage with another guy engaging in hand to hand combat anything goes as long as it's within the rules.

Also, please don't compare Junie to Rashad... or anyone for that matter. Rashad is game, Junie is just a jackass.
Jay Smith- June 4, 2009 at 10:27 am
@ ArmFarmer
Well said brother,........well said.
LargeMidget- June 4, 2009 at 9:43 am
I still like Rashad alot. I think he showed a couple positive things in that fight and the same Rashad could have beaten just about any other person in the LHW division that night.

I hope Rashad realizes that this loss doesn't mean the end of his career, or that it's highest point is behind him. He has only ONE loss, and it's to Machida. His next fight is another huge one for him, and a win could mean he gets a chance to win the belt back. Rashad was supposed to be a snack for the Iceman but instead he went on to be a main event fighter and title contender, and that happened in a very short span of time comparatively. I hope he makes like GSP and comes back even better after his loss.
IronClad- June 4, 2009 at 9:01 am
Rasah is man enough to admit he got an ass whoopin, just be man enough to admit that Lyoto hits hard as fuck...cuse he does odviously.

Good luck to ShoGun...he's going through hell to get that W.
Markdog- June 4, 2009 at 8:24 am
Looking back at the fight, that shot did shut him up, but it wasn't until a few more shots later that a left hook knocked him out cold.
Markdog- June 4, 2009 at 8:18 am
I thought that's what had happened, because he was talking shit and his mouth was open, that's why he got knocked out so hardcore.
Kimbos Bread- June 4, 2009 at 7:28 am
Hey babay?

What you mean hay baby?
intercept440- June 3, 2009 at 6:43 pm
I will Agree slightly that he was being Semi-Humble in defeat......

But he's still a dickhead who most fans dont like . Not becuase he isnt a good fighter, its because, he's an arrogant asshole, like grabbing his nuts then kissing his lips in the griffin fight, its those things that us true fans dislike....

we like the sport, and the evolution of it , we dont like ungratious cocky bastards who try to get attention by being off the wall arrogant assholes.... guys like Juni and his brother, or the never give it a rest whinning (BJ), or the duoche who goes into the casino yelling at people being drunk and kicking windows out of limos..... however talented they appear.

thats why Couture is so popular, even though he had his run-ins and bouts of discontentment, everytime he fights he fights hard, and in winning or loseing, he always shows what a class act truly is.

Rashad has some talent, he just needs to not be a douche sometimes

Cookie Monster- June 3, 2009 at 6:06 pm
i didn't like rashad up until i saw this interview. doesn't seem like he is making excuses at all and is humble enough to admit he was talking shit as he got knocked out. maybe i haven't seen a lot of his interviews but this seems like a new rashad, a humble one perhaps. poor guy, he seems so sad. o well, who cares? trigg is back boyeeee!!
Warcraft- June 3, 2009 at 5:00 pm
Great interview
It seems like Rashad is taking the loss in stride and very informative talk about being KO'd but still awake in your head sounds like an out of body experience almost. I think like Griffin this loss should improve his game and mindset for future fights. Will Griffin or Evans ever get the belt back I have my doubts. I'm hoping Ken-flo can be the first TUF to make the 1st successful belt defense for TUF vets.
Hey I can dream can't I?
Fight Fan- June 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm
@ Gabmonta

For every fighter who shows some class and humility in defeat, like Rashad did and does, there are those who bitch and moan and show no respect for the other guy and never accept they were beaten. That makes the "fight game" pretty entertaining too.

I don't think these posts are hurting anyone's feelings. Lighten up.
Jay Smith- June 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm
@ Art Gibbs
You seem to be one of the level headed people that post here as of late, and I completely agree with you. Everyone else talkin shit here doesn't seem to understand how difficult it is to remain undefeated before and up until you become the champion, especially in the LHW division. People are still hatin on this dude from the TUF show, when their cousin on their sisters side through marriage, said that Evans was a showboater. Stop living on someone elses opinion of a fighter, and give this dude props for what he accomplished. Dana White, and just about all of the other fighters in the UFC have, so what keeps you haters hating????
Gabmonta- June 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm
That was a great interview and props to Rashad for his candid comments about the downside of the fight game. It is reassuring to fighters stand up after losses, dust themselves off and get back into the game at a high level. This is why I like fighters and the fight game. The way he is handling the defeat (at least in this video) shows real class and character.

I wish I could say the same for some of the people who posted comments on this board.
NECROPHYTE- June 3, 2009 at 4:07 pm
Go back to sleep Suga.
BackbaconBilly- June 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Just like I and a bunch of other Potato-heads said before, It would take an ass whoopin to put a little humility back into Rashad,and just like GSP this loss will end up being the best thing for his career.
Poo Flinger- June 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm
Even if Machida does not hit as hard, he hits faster and with more precision. In the end he does more damage per second and does not need to rely on a "punchers chance" to win.
Fight Fan- June 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm
I could see him getting his ass kicked everyday, or at least regularly, in practice. He's an Ok fighter, but that's it. He doesn't exactly have many tools. He will however connect every now and then and do some damage (Chuck).
Curtis_E_Bare- June 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm
WTF was he doing to his leg? Can we get a version of the interview where he doesn't molest himself?

Art Gibs- June 3, 2009 at 2:52 pm
Idiots: He's making fun of himself. He was thinking Machida doesn't hit hard and now acknowledges what a dumb thought that was. If you asked him today if Machida hits hard, I'm certain he'd say yes. You guys need to let up on him. He's very gracious in defeat -- both right after the fight and even now.
RickyRobbie- June 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm
Maybe not the hardest punches but with the best accuracy
Anhonestmoose- June 3, 2009 at 2:42 pm
honestly, he doesn't hit that hard, i was just a little tired before the fight.
T1- June 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm
You can be knocked out from successive shots to the head just as easily as one BIG one to the jaw.

SO, in theory ... he could be telling the truth.

My money says Lyoto could still hit plenty hard to knock you out the old fashion way though.
Mdollas- June 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm
lol i finally got my answer i'v been lookin for on the forums.
Fedor- June 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm
He obviously hits hard enough to knock ur ass out Rashad. Quit making excuses already!