The undefeated expert wrestler looks to use his grappling background to climb the ranks to No. 1 in the MMA world.
Rashad Evan: Profile & Stats
Full Name: Rashad "Sugar" Evans
Weight: 205 lbs.
Classification: Light Heavyweight
Fighting Style(s) Used: Wrestling, Kickboxing
Current Record: 14-0-1
NJCAA Nation Wrestling Champion
All-American in Wrestling (Michigan State Spartans)
2-Time The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweight Winner
Rashad Evans: Wrestling
The basis of a wrestling background has paved the way for many recent UFC greats. From the groundbreaking "Ground-n-Pound" of "The Natural" Randy Couture to the brilliant young career of Brock Lesnar, great wrestlers make great MMA fighters. Rashad Evans is another member of this elite fraternity of grapplers that rule the Octagon like they rule the mat. With exceptional mat skills and hip flexibility, Rashad Evans is one of the many reasons for the huge sale of UFC tickets.
Rashad Evans turned an amazing high school wrestling career into a full ride to a junior college. After wiping the mat with opponents all year long, Rashad Evans quickly captured the NJCAA National Wrestling Championship. The Michigan State Spartans wrestling team picked up the talented heavyweight, and soon he was winning awards there as well. The highlight of Rashad Evans' career was a win over Greg Jones, the West Virginia Mountaineers wrestler widely regarded as the best collegiate wrestler of all time.
Rashad Evans: Early MMA
Michigan wrestling/MMA legend Dan Severn was drawn to the talented Rashad Evans and talked him into getting into the MMA circuit. The tutelage of a mentor with 86 wins to his credit was something that no other training could match. Dan Severn crafted Rashad Evans from a pure wrestler into a raw MMA talent. Under the leadership of Dan Severn, Rashad Evans became a force in the MMA world and won his first five professional bouts. The ability of Rashad Evans caught the attention of the UFC, and he was invited to the Ultimate Fighter 2.
Rashad Evans: Ultimate Fighter 2
Though he had significant weight and height disadvantages against the other heavyweights on The Ultimate Fighter 2, Rashad Evans was totally dominant in the division and tore through the bigger athletes with pure aggression and unmatched mat skills. The years of wrestling had certainly paid dividends and gave Rashad Evans instincts that no other fighter had. Rashad Evans won The Ultimate Fighter 2 and was given a contract for the UFC.
Rashad Evans: UFC
Fans with UFC tickets were glad to see a pure ground fighter enter the Octagon once again. Rashad Evans moved to the UFC Light Heavyweight division so that he could better match up against opponents. Rashad Evans impressed fighters and fans with UFC tickets alike with his total dominance in his first few UFC bouts. Rashad Evans had the biggest match of his professional career against the violent Tito Ortiz at UFC 73. The pair went all three rounds and the hard-fought battle ended in a draw.
Yet to taste defeat, Rashad Evans continued going on a rampage through the light heavyweight ranks. A faceoff between Rashad Evans and Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell sold a ton of UFC tickets to UFC 88. Rashad Evans was again the underdog, but he never paid attention to the doubters. The wrestling specialist shocked the MMA world when he dropped Chuck Liddell with a solid left hook to the jaw. The win atop the card against the great Chuck Liddell insured that Rashad Evans would get a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.
Rashad Evans: UFC 92
The holder of the undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Championship is the submission master Forrest Griffin. A fellow The Ultimate Fighter contestant, Forrest Griffin loves the ground attack as well. Both fighters are rolling on hot streaks, but Rashad Evans is the only undefeated fighter in the bout. Fans with UFC tickets for UFC 92 will get to see the clash of these young lions with the biggest prize in the world for light heavyweights on the line.
Contrasting styles in an MMA match can make for some of the best mismatches in sports, but fighters with similar game plans can make classic bouts. Both Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans love to take their opponents to the mat so they can finish them with a submission. Rashad Evans has yet to feel the agony of defeat in the UFC Octagon, and he will do anything in his power to make sure he never does. With the ultimate prize up for grabs, UFC 92 tickets are the hottest tickets in the world of mixed martial arts.