LAS VEGAS - MAY 28: UFC fighter Rashad Evans (R) reacts to the crowd while speaking to UFC announcer Joe Rogan (L) about his fight against UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Anyone who has ever gone to see Rashad Evans compete under the ZUFFA banner knows it's not unusual to hear the boo-birds singing in unison at the mere mention of his name.
Perhaps it has to do with the fact that he's consistently beaten fan favorites, or that he's not afraid to speak his mind. Or maybe it just feels like the cool thing for sheeple to do.
Whatever the case may be, that streak could be broken at UFC on FOX 2, when Evans steps into the Octagon against rising star Phil Davis as part of the promotion's return to the FOX airwaves at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
After the jump, hear "Suga" explain why in his blog for the Chicago Sun Times.
"There are 11 big bouts on the card – and some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts like Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping are appearing in big fights – and the UFC told me there are only a couple of hundred tickets left. By fight night there will be over 14,000 fans packed into the arena and, as a Chicago guy, I know I’m going to have a lot of support come fight night. More than nine million Americans watched the first UFC on FOX fight last November, with tens of millions more watching around the world. I’m so excited to be given the chance to perform on such a gigantic stage. It’s a little crazy, but at the same time because it is happening in Chicago, it’s weirdly familiar too. I’ve lived in Chicago for over four years, and I’m going to be proud to represent the city when I step inside the Octagon."
Evans is expected to earn a light heavyweight title shot against Jon Jones should he be able to overcome the rise of "Mr. Wonderful" later this month.
"Bones," himself the subject of more than a few boos, could also help Evans get back into good graces with fight fans. And if he wins? Well, that remains to be seen.