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Rashad Evans Talks to ‘Rampage’ About Ring Rust at UFC 192

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Rashad Evans didn’t win a single round in his return to the Octagon last Saturday. Facing the division’s fourth-ranked fighter, the former UFC champion fell flat.

Having been out of the cage for two years while mending a surgically repaired knee, Evans — like any fighter should — expected to be a little rusty in his first fight back. Still, he didn’t quite expect to be as rusty in the UFC 192 co-main event.

He told Quinton Jackson during a phone conversation publicized on “Rampage’s” Twitch stream:

“I didn’t think it was going to be that hard though. I really didn’t. When I got out there, I was like, ‘I see this s–t.’ But then when I was throwing, I was like, ‘god damn I feel slow.’ This s–t is not coming off the way I’m seeing it in my mind. I’d see it and I’d think, and I was just too late on everything.

“[Cage rust] is real. That s–t is real.”

(Warning: Video contains NSFW language)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=417&v=PV1djSJb9BM

Despite sharing one of the better rivalries the sport has seen in the past decade, “Rampage” commended Evans on his performance, saying it’s difficult to look impressive after such a long time away from competition.

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