Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
Rashad Evans may have been inactive for quite a while, often doing work as an analyst on television, but he maintains he still has the competitive fire and necessary love for the sport to compete at a high level.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans has fought just three times in the past two years. He's done more work as an analyst for FOX than he has as a fighter inside the Octagon, leading many to wonder aloud what the future holds for the former 205-pound king.
Well, that and the fact that he failed miserably in his attempt to defeat Jon Jones at UFC 145 and the overtures he made to drop to middleweight for a big enough bout -- like with say, Anderson Silva -- went ignored.
So what does the future hold? He told ProMMANow (transcription via Bloody Elbow):
"I got a lot of fights left in me. I've still got the competitive edge and that's what it's all about. And I still love the sport enough to want to compete. See? You can love the sport, but if you don't love the sport enough to compete you better get out of there."
His next challenge is likely to come next February in a light heavyweight showdown against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, a tough fight but one he should be able to win, especially if he wants to hang around for much longer.
He was also asked about the upcoming fight pitting Jones against his "boy," Chael Sonnen and you knew we wouldn't pass up a chance to pass this along:
"You know, I support Lorenzo and those guys for making their decision. What it comes down to is making the fight that people want to see. They made a fight, it's going to be exciting to see what happens this season. Chael's my boy and I respect the game that he has and I do think he has the game that it takes to get the job done."
Having what it takes to do it and doing it are two entirely different things but we know Sonnen is capable, if only because we've seen him at his best. But "Bones" at his best is a beast, one who is nearly impossible to stop.
Should be fun!