Has Rashad Evans lost his fire? Dana White thinks so

Has Rashad Evans lost his fire? Dana White thinks so


Last night, as we all know by now, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans lost his fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. A bout he was heavily favored to win, the results shocked many MMA fans. There was talk of Evans dropping down to 185 to face current kingpin Anderson Silva, but the loss proves you just can’t overlook anyone in the UFC. Dana White had his own take on the situation at last night’s post-fight press conference:

“To be honest with you, Rashad and I have a good relationship. I like Rashad a lot. He’s a good guy, a smart guy. He has lost that hunger,” White expressed following Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “He’s lost that desire and that drive and he needs to get it back, there’s no doubt about that.

“Rashad used to train like a beast. Rashad never used to get tired. The only time you saw Rashad get tired was when he first came into the UFC and he fought Tito [Ortiz] in that first fight. Then after that, he turned into an absolute beast. He’s got to get it back. Because I’ll tell you what, these [expletive] Brazilian guys are hungry.”

“To be honest with you, Rashad and I have a good relationship. I like Rashad a lot. He’s a good guy, a smart guy. He has lost that hunger. He’s lost that desire and that drive and he needs to get it back, there’s no doubt about that.”

“Rashad used to train like a beast. Rashad never used to get tired. The only time you saw Rashad get tired was when he first came into the UFC and he fought Tito in that first fight. Then after that, he turned into an absolute beast. He’s got to get it back. Because I’ll tell you what, these [expletive] Brazilian guys are hungry.”

Some strong words from the always outspoken White, but it’s hard to argue with the man after watching last night’s uninspiring performance. Evans looked sluggish and inactive, something we just aren’t accustomed to him doing. He briefly mentioned retirement after losing to Jon Jones last April, and this raises a red flag for Dana White:

“There you go. If that word even comes out of your mouth in this business, it’s a negative. It’s bad. The fact that he even said the R-word, it shows you right there where his head is at and what he’s thinking.”

“Make a few million bucks, you guys have watched the shows. You see his [expletive] house? You see the cars he drives? You see all that stuff?”

So the President of the UFC thinks that Evans has indeed lost his desire to compete at the top level of MMA. It was an abysmal showing for his Blackzilians team last night, who could have made some strong statements with winning efforts. Will Evans ever return to his top form?

A huge fan of the sport since 1995, I love writing all aspects of the fight game. As Chief Editor of LowKick MMA, I strive to stay on the cutting edge of all things MMA related.
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/PukeVomit PukeVomit
    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/gm1 gm1

      Dana is right but what only God and rashad know is that there is nothing in the LHW Division for him anymore. Competition is getting tougher and tougher and then there is JJ who handed him to the fans in a silver platter. Rashad knows he cant and will never beat JJ, which means he will never again hold that title again.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/KeithFarrell KeithFarrell

    I agree with Dana. This is one of the worst performances of Rashad's career.

    There was talks about a fight with Anderson Silva and even a rematch with Jones a couple wins down the line but he has totally any hope for either fight.

    He honestly looked like he was there only for the cheque and had no interest in winning.

    Terrible fight but Nog did what he had to do to get probably the biggest win of his career, this was Rashad's fight to lose and what's worse than he lost was how awful he looked doing it.

    Evans has only had one world beater performance in almost 3 years and that was against Tito… maybe he should walk away for a year or so and come back with fire.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/David%20Saucier David Saucier

      I think it is because he knows he cant beat Jones.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

        D.S Well said, David. What's the point if you can't beat the main guy? Lol

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Nemesis Nemesis

          I think ever since the machida KO he's been over-cautious and overthinking anything to avoid embarrassment. It's his mind playing tricks on his as he has too much to lose.

          I think rasahd could beat jones if he utilized more kicks. The fact that he survived proves that he has pieces of the puzzle that others don't have,despite being far smaller. This performance was rashad trying to win in a safe way by points, and it turns out judges have a newfound discrimination against this kind of thing.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/gm1 gm1

        Rashad, was unsuccessful taking Nog down. once you keep Rashad from taking you down….he has no game…..Nog won by a hair and unfortunately that's good enough…..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/KeithFarrell KeithFarrell

    Oh and how terrible is the Blackzillian camp – 9/10 of their fighters seem to lose and they seem to lose every single big fight.

    Rashad – two fight losing streak and looked terrible last night.
    Overeem – looked bad andgot KO'd by someone who got beaten standing by a LHW.
    Guillard – 1-3 with Blackzilians, win over a low tier oponent and is not what he used to be.
    Shields – being looking awful and failing drug tests. Stand up has improved but that's it.
    Thiago Silva – Not won a fight with them and failing drug tests.
    Mitrione – Only fight with the team led to his first stoppage loss.

    They have some fighters doing good things like Vitor Belfort and some fighters who look good under the Blackzillians but need to be tested like Siyar, Anthony Johnson, Spong, Alvarez, Estima and Santiago.

    What I'm trying to say is it's a big name team with obviously a lot of talent but most of them seem to be losing, the team is obviously not working out as good as it should.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Akordas Akordas

      Go and train them by yourself.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/rabble rabble

        Personally I think it would be an awesome experience to try to train them by myself.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/cyren16 cyren16

    idk man. I know from the documentaries he recently went through alot of personal stuff, divorce etc. and maybe he hasnt been able to bounce back from that. He may have been wanting the Silva fight to possibly light that fire again. Who knows? Some fighters never recover mentally from losing.

    on that note, itll be interesting to see how well Evans and Edgar recover.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/azzkika azzkika

      Evans looked out of shape compared to past outings. Wouldn't surprise me at all if he looked past Nog and didn't put in the graft. That said, I don't think Eveans should take the flack the looking bad, part of it was due to Nog fighting a great fight and implementing his gameplan keeping Evans from getting his wrestling going.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RabbitPuncher RabbitPuncher

    The Blackzillians seem to have a bunch of disgruntled and troubled fighters in their ranks. Rashad and Guilard both are ex-Jackson fighters. Reem left Golden Glory in a huff. Thiago Silva has a pretty troubled past as of late. Same with Shields. Seems like a whole lot of negative energy. I think Vitor is the exception because he's, well, Vitor. He's on his own wavelength all together.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/odesahitman odesahitman

      Good comment Rabbit puncher.

      Quick question; do you use that name because you punch rabbits or because you are a dirty boxer?


      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

        Cow Punchers brand cows, but rabbits are too hard to catch, 8))

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Brian%20Cox Brian Cox

    I'm a big Rashad Evans fan, but I'd agree with The Boss's comments. I was utterly disappointed in Suga's performance, last night. That was sad. I thought he come out and blow right through Big Nog, but nope. Nothing really seemed to come together for Evans last night and what happened to his wresting? Where was the guy that shoved around Phil Davis?

    Something is wrong with his training and his conditioning. Maybe there's too much love and respect going on over at the Blackzillians and not enough cardio. It's ironic that the guy who left them (Bigfoot) took home the most significant victory of the night, by beating a Blackzillian fighter. As Keith Farrel pointed out in the post above, the Blackzillians track record of late, with the exception of Vitor's win over Bisping, sucks.

    In regard to Evans and his future, fight or no fight with Anderson Silva, he needs to go to 185. To be blunt, if he's losing fights to a guy like Big Nog, then he should get out of the division. He should have won that fight last night and done so handily. He was the overwhelming favorite. However, he didn't. And IMO, he basically phoned in that performance and gave away, what should have been, an easy win. At this level, a fighter can not afford to take losses like the one he did. Not if you're serious about challenging for a title.

    That makes for two Blackzillians who have big lessons to learn from last night.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/saulgood saulgood

      Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is not "Big Nog", he's his younger brother "Lil Nog". "Big Nog" would have retired Rashad.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Brian%20Cox Brian Cox

        @ Saul

        My bad…I confused my Nogs'

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

          Use your noggin 8)) 8P

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Brian%20Cox Brian Cox

            @ Entity

            You're all over me these days, man. :-)

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

            It was a nog/noggin joke…I was at a loss for anything funny 8)

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

            Nog Nog…who's there?…Both of us…ok come in!

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/odesahitman odesahitman

            @mma truth,

            Sounds like you guys have gotten pretty close.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Brian%20Cox Brian Cox

            @ odesa

            Close? You mean Rashad and I or Entity and I? :-)

            Seriously though, Entity is a pretty cool dude, man. I also happen to agree with him on most stuff, so that helps, too. He can also be pretty funny, as well. All-in-all, he's a respectful MMA fan.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/GianGiacommo%20G GianGiacommo G

    Great win for tiny Nog,I was shocked a Rashad's reaction thinking he had won,really dude? What's your game plan to beat Anderson? Stand in front of him? You just stood in front of tiny Nog the whole time! A couple of takedowns&that was it,Nog got up super quick&you go on & say that you can beat AS,pleeease!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kungfurule kungfurule

    I told the nog brothers the joke their were embarrassed they felt like they had egg on their face I pointed out to them it must be. Egg nog :)

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BjjFan BjjFan

    IMO Rashad is the most over rated fighter in the UFC. He has been dining off a KO win over a very past it Chuck. It's either a hump fest or he spends the whole fight looking for an over hand right.

    His wrestling pedigree is unquestionable, as is his athleticism, but that is it.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ny2ut2id2nv ny2ut2id2nv

    Rashad needs something to refocus and get him motivated again. I think he should still drop to 185. New weight class and new challenges.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

    Rashad is talking about fighting Anderson and doing better in his rematch with Jones without realizing the Nogueira's are no joke. Pretty dumb mental game plan.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DKMcGrath DKMcGrath

    Evans can beat Nog 9 times out of 10 he was playing it safe it don't work for some peopleThats what he gets for playing points…Maybe next time hell be agressive and work harder.