When Rashad Evans walks out for his UFC on FOX 2 main event fight against Phil Davis this Sat., Jan. 28, 2012, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, he'll probably do so to a chorus of boos, despite the fact that he'll be performing in the "Windy City," a second home to him.
For whatever reason, Evans still hasn't shaken his hot-shot, showboating reputation he built during his days on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 when Matt Hughes was scolding him for dancing around inside the cage in the middle of a fight.
That was all the way back in 2005. It's 2012 now and "Suga" is still feeling the heat from fans everywhere he goes. It's different now, though. Not only has he gotten used to it, he claims he's actually grown fond of it:
"It's come to the point where I kind of like being booed a little bit now. You know I been getting booed so much it's just like, 'whatever.' If people didn't boo me, it would feel weird. It would be like, 'Man, I don't know why these people aren't booing. Why are they cheering? Something ain't right. Am I going to lose?' You know what I'm saying? It just don't feel like the stars are aligned right if they start cheering for me. I don't want y'all to start cheering me. Boo me. That means you love me, baby."
Whatever helps you fight at night, Rashad.
A victory over Davis would set Evans up for a light heavyweight championship showdown against his former teammate, friend and training partner, Jon Jones. If that match-up comes to be, it shall be most interesting to see which way the crowd sways.
That's for later, though. For now, the focus is on Phil Davis and main eventing the FOX card, an "honor" Evans says he's very grateful for. Hear him talk about that and much more after the jump.