UFC 108 Not a Must-Win for Rashad Evans

Written by Tom Ngo
December 31st, 2009

The last time MMA fans saw Rashad Evans, he was getting scraped off the Octagon canvas after getting pimp smacked by Lyoto Machida. Not only did Evans drop his first pro fight at UFC 98, but he also lost the highly-coveted light heavyweight crown. He claims to have grown from the loss and fully intends to unleash his knowledge on Thiago Silva this Saturday at UFC 108.

“I really don’t think about the last fight as far as me losing,” Evans said of his botched title defense. “I just think about some of the mistakes I had as far as mentally, as well as execution-wise in that fight.”

Although he’s on the losing track, don’t expect for him to remain there for long. He knows the quickest way to get back into another title fight is to stockpile one impressive win after another.

Although he’s never had to face the challenge of having to bounce back from a loss, the wrestler isn’t about to compound the issue by adding extra pressure on himself.

“I’m not going to put any pressure on myself to go out there and say, ‘Well, I have to win, I have to win.’ I’m just going to go out there and perform well. And me performing well, the outcome will be a victory … ”

And what exactly has changed since his face-to-fist encounter with Machida?

“For the most part, I’m just a lot more confident with my game plan and my strategy going into this fight,” Evans said. “I think I’m a bit sharper than I was, but it all remains to be seen. You can feel one way in practice and get out there the night of the fight just looking like crap.

“So it’s all about execution. That’s what I’m focusing on, just going out there and executing.”

Sounds simple enough …

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