Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight number one contender and former division champion Rashad Evans took a little hiatus from his current training camp to rub elbows with Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) world number one superstar Victoria Azarenka.
The unlikely tandem marched into the MMA Masters facility in Miami to talk shop, throw around some swag and exchange skill sets. Evans, of course, is gearing up for his UFC 145 headliner opposite reigning division champion and former teammate Jon Jones.
The "Evans vs. Jones" pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza goes down on Sat., April 21, 2012 LIVE from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
More from the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) coach and champion as he dishes on his recent experience:
"This was a nice break from training. It lets your mind go free and gives you a chance to not think about the fight. It was cool that she's another pro athlete, one who goes out there and competes, mano-a-mano. It was fun. I can tell she's genuinely interested in MMA - it was impressive how she grasps the concepts. I didn't show her too much except for kicking, but she knew a lot more than I thought she'd know. There were times she really looked like she knew what she was doing. I love women's tennis. It actually dominates men's tennis in my opinion. You know they're out there giving it everything they've got. They go through the same anxiety we do of not wanting to lose, and I respect that a lot. I'd be alright in a tennis match because I'm pretty agile - I'm not too fast, but I'm very agile, so I might have a better chance at winning in a tennis match, but she might win in MMA because I don't hit women."
Azarenka returns the pleasantries after the jump.
"It was a great experience to meet Rashad. He seems really nice - I'm sure he's a little bit meaner in the cage, but he's a great guy and it's always great to meet somebody from a completely different field. I love to follow UFC. I invited him to tennis so I hope he can come cheer me on. I wish I had time to train more. I'm curious about how these athletes train. I could pick up something interesting for myself."
I hear the Strikeforce promotion is hunting for new female fighters ...
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