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Dana White disappointed with Rashad Evans’ performance at UFC 156

Rashad Evans v Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - UFC 156Most folks expected light heavyweight Rashad Evans to notch a victory on Saturday night against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, emerging as either a continued threat at 205 pounds or a top contender if able to successfully drop to middleweight. However, Evans suffered the first losing streak of his career thanks to a decision defeat to “Little Nog” at UFC 156, falling on the scorecards after failing to land the type of offense previously earning him a reputation as one of the division’s top stars.

UFC President Dana White was amongst the group expect Evans to win and was more than willing to share his surprise when asked about the tilt by MMAJunkie.

“To be honest with you, Rashad and I have a good relationship. I like Rashad a lot. He’s a good guy, a smart guy. But he has lost that hunger. He’s lost that desire and drive, and he needs to get it back. There’s no doubt about it,” stated White. “He needs to get hungry again.”

“Back in the day, he used to get a little – what’s the word I’m looking for? Paranoid. He was always a little paranoid. But he always did the right thing. He needs to get that fire back. He doesn’t have that fire. He needs to get it,” he concluded on Evans’ uninspired outing this past weekend.


  • moosebaby02 says:

    Evans is a leader of a camp full of yes men. It happend to BJ. He needs to get out and train where he isnt the top dog. Nothing wrong with having your own gym but some times you have to get a different perspective

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Rashad has gotten away from his wrestling base and decided somewhere along the way he can shuffle, juke and jive his way to success.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    He’s also gotten to gun shy since Machida KO’ed him, every time he gets tagged or hit with a good shot, he goes into defensive mode and forgets everything for the rest of the fight

  • THEGUNNER says:

    He did way to many feints. He needs to pull the trigger.

  • Screenplaya says:

    I am a big Rashad fan, but I think Jones took his fire away. He needs to move down to 185, starting fighting guys his size, and mix in more wrestling. Once he truly establishes the takedown, the striking becomes easier. He isn’t a great pure striker, but when opponents are fearing the takedown? Dominating.

  • MCM says:

    I don’t think it was Jones or Machida that took anything away from Rashad. I think it was everything outside the cage. In one year, Rashad has lost the camp that took him to the LHW title, his strategist in Greg Jackson, his head coach in Mike Van Arsdale, his home in Los Vagas, and his wife all before the biggest fight of his career against Jones.
    I honestly think he’s going through a lot more outside the cage than he’s letting on. Yes, he looked stiff against both Jones and Lil Nog, but he also out wrestled Phil Davis and TKO’d Ortiz (who previously took him to a Dec.) in the two fights before. I wouldn’t mind seeing him fight at 185 but I still think he’s the best guy at 205 to dethrone Jones, he just needs to get his house in order first.


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