Rashad Evans: Beating Rampage is My Job and I Don’t Wanna Be Unemployed

Written by Tom Ngo
May 20th, 2010

Did you hear that? It was probably your dreaded alarm clock blaring to kick you out of bed. While most Americans loathe the rude awakening, former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans can’t wait to hit the office – literally.

“The fight game can start to feel like a job,” Evans told Sherdog.com. “Every once in a while, you get blessed with a treat and actually have a fight that’s fun – and it’s fun the whole way. You get a little trash talking in. You get a little rivalry going. Some extra little motivation to make it a little bit fun, make it about competing and having fun again.

“Sometimes it’s easy to make it like a job and, as you know, when you make something a job, it can become tiresome, monotonous and boring.”

What hasn’t been mundane are the verbal sparring sessions Evans and UFC 114 foe Quinton “Rampage” Jackson have engaged in since their time as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.” The mortal enemies have blasted each other with some of the most entertaining barbs in MMA history, capped off by yesterday’s explosive conference call.

“Now all the trash talking, all the buildup is finally going to come to a head,” Evans said of their overly-hyped feud. “It’s exciting. I’m excited for it, to see exactly how it goes down. Excited to see how I perform. All the words that we said back and forth to each other, we get to see who actually can back up what they say.

“At the same time, it can be a bit nerve-wracking. You don’t want to find yourself on the other end of an unfortunate punch and look stupid. But that’s the price you pay when you open your mouth.”

Speaking of talking too much, Evans admitted that – although he wouldn’t spit on Rampage if he was on fire – there are a few characteristics that he appreciates about B.A Baracus, however they are few and far between.

“There’s qualities that I don’t like about him, but I can’t overall say I hate him all together,” Evans said. “The qualities that I don’t like about him overpower the qualities that I do like about him. I’ll just say it like that. For the most part, I don’t like him too much.”

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