Former UFC light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans has hit some tough times as of late.
He returned last October at UFC 192 after a long layoff due to injury, losing a lackluster decision to the then surging Ryan Bader.
With a chance to get back to his winning ways, Evans faced off with former title challenger Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC on FOX 19 last night (April 16, 2016) from Tampa, Florida.
Unfortunately, “Suga” was dismantled, losing by way of first round knockout.
With two straight loses under his belt, the 36 year old Evans may begin to question his future.
Speaking on the situation at the post-fight presser, he admitted that he was embarrassed, although he doesn’t want to lose hope:
“I don’t want to lose hope, I don’t want to lose heart in fighting because it’s what I like to do and I’m at a low right now,” Evans said. “But at the end of the day something’s gotta change, I gotta do something. It’s embarrassing, it’s sad, but, welcome to being a fighter.”
At the end of the day, however, Evans is aware that moments like these are what truly define a fighter. The former champion said that he’ll go back to the drawing board to see what makes sense next:
“It’s hard to know what to change after an embarrassing and disappointing loss. I’m embarrassed and disappointed and you know, it’s sad, but, you have to go on, because this is what it’s about. Its easy to fight and to go through it when you’re on top and doing everything well, but the hardest thing is working through the disappointment, working through doubting yourself and everything else like that.
“It’s not easy but I think given some time and deciding what’s best for me,” Evans continued. “Then I’ll make the right decisions on what needs to change, but as of now it’s not a clear decision I can say.”
Would you like to see Evans compete again, or could it be time for the veteran to hang up his gloves for good?