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"Sugar"

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Rashad Evans

"Sugar" Rashad Evans

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  • Given Name: Rashad Anton Evans
  • Professional MMA Record: 19-3-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Sugar
  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1979.09.25
  • Last Fight: November 16, 2013 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Blackzilians
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 75.0" (191cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $2,422,000 USD
  • Born: Niagara Falls, New York, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Boca Raton, Florida
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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After beginning his professional fighting career in 2004 in Iowa, Rashad Evans caught his big break in 2005 when he competed in and won the heavyweight tournament of The Ultimate Fighter 2 on Spike TV, defeating heavy favorite Brad Imes in the live, televised finale. Although he was not a fan favorite fighter at the start of his UFC career, after dropping down to the light heavyweight division and amassing an undefeated record with close decision wins over Sam Hoger and Stephan Bonnar, Evans began to garner serious attention. He also began to make noticeable improvements in his striking, defeating the bruising Jason Lambert and former wrestling star Sean Salmon by knockout in back-to-back appearances in 2006-2007. Evans then rapidly assaulted the top of the light heavyweight ladder, defeating Michael Bisping and then reeling off back-to-back knockout wins over former champion Chuck Liddell and then-champion Forrest Griffin in 2008 to take the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Although he lost the belt in his first title defense to undefeated contender Lyoto Machida, Evans remains one of the top light heavyweights in the world.


After winning the National Junior College Wrestling Championship in 2000, Evans transferred to Michigan State University and wrestled for the Spartans, earning a 48-34 record and becoming one of only four men to defeat wrestling legend Greg Jones. Since transitioning to MMA in 2004, Evans has rapidly evolved into one of the most complete fighters in the light heavyweight division, combining his natural speed and wrestling ability with devastating knockout power and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from Rolles Gracie. Evans was involved in one of the most public feuds in MMA history with fellow light heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson after an in-cage altercation in 2009 and a competitive coaching battle on The Ultimate Fighter 10. His knockout of “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell remains one of the most replayed finishes of all time.


Evans began a 4 fight win streak with a decision victory over Thiago Silva. He would go on to defeat Quinton Jackson by decision before finishing Tito Ortiz by TKO in a Fight of the Night at UFC 133. His next win over Phil Davis would secure him a title shot against Jon Jones. They were training partners at one point but Evans ended up leaving Greg Jackson's camp and there was a lot of bad blood between Jones and Evans leading up to the fight. Evans would end up losing his title bid by Unanimous Decision and would also drop his next fight the same way to Antonio Nogueira.


Rashad beat Dan Henderson via split decision in the main event of UFC 161. He would follow that up with a first round TKO finish of Chael Sonnen at UFC 167. He was set to take on fellow FOX analyst, Daniel Cormier, at UFC 170, but had to pull out ten days before the fight with a leg injury.


The Ultimate Fighter 2

Episode 5 Evans def. Tom Murphy by Unanimous Decision

Episode 9 Evans def. Mike Whitehead by Unanimous Decision

Episode 11 Evans def. Keith Jardine by Unanimous Decision

TUF 2 Finale Evans def. Brad Imes by Split Decision

Last updated 04.10.2014, 9:40 AM ET
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Rashad Evans Light Heavyweight Ranking History

Rashad Evans MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Daniel Cormier UFC 170 2014.02.22
Reason: Evans Leg Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:05 Round 1 of 3

Chael Sonnen
18-3-1 28-13-1

UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.11.16
Odds: -195 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 ($125K Base, $125K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dan Henderson
17-3-1 29-9-0

UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.06.15
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Antônio Rogério Nogueira
17-2-1 20-5-0

UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.02.02
Odds: -550 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $300,000 Base | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Jon Jones
17-1-1 15-1-0

UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2012.04.21
Odds: +420 (Heavy Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $300,000 Base | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Phil Davis
16-1-1 9-0-0

UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.01.28
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:48 Round 2 of 3, 9:48 Total

Tito Ortiz
15-1-1 16-8-1

UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.08.06
Odds: -410 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 204.4 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#39 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC 133 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Phil Davis UFC 133 2011.08.06
Reason: Davis Knee Injury
Cancelled Bout Maurício Rua UFC 128 2011.03.19
Reason: Evans Knee Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Quinton Jackson
14-1-1 30-7-0

UFC 114: Jackson vs Evans
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.05.29
Odds: -105 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $435,000 ($250K Base, $185K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Mobb Deep - Shook Ones, Pt. II
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Thiago Silva
13-1-1 14-1-0

UFC 108: Evans vs Silva
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.01.02
Odds: -218 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $375,000 ($200K Base, $175K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: KRS-One - Step into a World (Rapture's Delight)
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:57 Round 2 of 5, 8:57 Total

Lyoto Machida
13-0-1 14-0-0

UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2009.05.23
Odds: +176 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#12 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#10 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#10 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 98 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:46 Round 3 of 5, 12:46 Total

Forrest Griffin
12-0-1 16-4-0

UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2008.12.27
Odds: -120 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $190,000 ($65K Base, $65K Bonus, $60K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC 92 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:51 Round 2 of 3, 6:51 Total

Chuck Liddell
11-0-1 21-5-0

UFC 88: Breakthrough
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.09.06
Odds: +198 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $180,000 ($60K Base, $60K Bonus, $60K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#9 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#14 Biggest Upset of All Time
UFC 88 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Chuck Liddell UFC 85 2008.06.07
Reason: Liddell Hamstring Injury
Cancelled Bout James Irvin UFC 85 2008.06.07
Reason: Irvin Foot Injury
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Michael Bisping
10-0-1 14-0-0

UFC 78: Validation
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.11.17
Odds: -263 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Draw | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tito Ortiz
10-0-0 15-5-0

UFC 73: Stacked
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.07.07
Odds: +103 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 Base | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
1:06 Round 2 of 3, 6:06 Total

Sean Salmon
9-0-0 9-1-0

UFC Fight Night 8: Evans vs Salmon
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.01.25
Odds: -650 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs | Referee: Troy Waugh
#25 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:22 Round 2 of 3, 7:22 Total

Jason Lambert
8-0-0 22-5-0

UFC 63: Hughes vs Penn
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.09.23
Odds: -240 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Stephan Bonnar
7-0-0 10-2-0

UFC Fight Night 5: Leben vs. Silva
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.06.28
Odds: +165 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Sam Hoger
6-0-0 6-1-0

UFC Fight Night 4
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.04.06
Odds: -205 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Brad Imes
5-0-0 3-0-0

The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 265 lbs

2005.11.05
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 224.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Hector Ramirez

Gladiator Challenge

2004.06.03
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jaime Jara

Gladiator Challenge

2004.06.03
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Bryan Pardoe

Gladiator Challenge

2004.06.02
Win | Submission

Dennis Reed

Dangerzone

2004.04.10
Win | Submission | Strikes

Danny Anderson

Dangerzone

2004.04.10

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