Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has had a rough last three years, spending the entirely of 2014 on the shelf, and losing two consecutively in his only two fights since returning. Evans, though, sees his upcoming bout as a “gift.”
Evans, for the first time in his professional career, is fighting as a middleweight and set to face the returning Tim Kennedy at UFC 205.
“This is a gift. This fight is everything,” Evans told FOX Sports. “To be in the position where I am, losing two fights in a row, and it’s more than just losing two fights in a row. Cause sometimes fighters lose two fights in a row and it’s not such a dire situation like mine is.
“For me, I’m coming off two knee surgeries and then having to bounce back from two losses in a row, it kind of adds something. Because I’ve been away for so long and then I lose two fights in a row. It’s just like ‘does he still have it?’ You know what I’m saying? It’s just a different kind of thing than just losing two fights in a row.
“My motivation is just to get back on top. The thing about it is, it just happens. We live in a world where it’s ‘what have you done for me lately?’ To be at the top and then to lose and to be at the bottom, it would be great to just bounce back up to the top and be like ‘what?’ Just show everybody.
“You can’t set the limits on what someone can do. I think that’s what happens a lot. People are setting limits on what other people can do because they don’t believe they can do it themselves. For me it would be great to just climb back on top and say ‘I knew I could do it and I’m done’.”