Rashad Evans says he's happy with the "fresh start" at Imperial AthleticsPosted on August 3, 2011, 05:40 AM by Anton Gurevich
"When I came out here, I didn't really know how things were going to be. Coming from Greg Jackson's camp, I was just not thinking that there could be another situation that could rival that one. But I was pleased to find out that things here are very good. I've got a great team, great training partners, and we've got this energy in the gym that's just amazing. When you have a gym that has great energy, and great training practices and it's just fun to be in, it makes the grind of training that much easier. It makes you grow that much more as an athlete because you don't mind putting in the extra time in the gym because it's fun to be there.
After being at Jackson's for a while, with so many people at the gym, it just got harder and harder for me to get that time. When you're in a situation like that, sometimes it gets a little bit stagnant. It's just one of those things where it's like, how am I to reinvent myself if I'm pretty much learning the same things and I'm not getting the time that I need? You kind of get stagnant in your learning and you kind of get a little bit disinterested." - Check out Ben Fowlkes' full interview with Rashad Evans at MMAFighting.com.
This Saturday's clash with Tito Ortiz will be Rashad Evans' first since leaving Greg Jackson's camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Evans, who became the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion under the patronage of Greg Jackson, currently trains at Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Florida, alongside fighters such as JZ Calvan, Jorge Santiago and Antonio Silva (now Team Nogueira). Long-time coach Mike Van Arsdale followed Evans from Albuquerque to Florida, and now makes sure "Suga" preserves the qualities made him one of the best Light Heavyweights on the planet.
UFC 133 will take place this weekend at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.