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Rashad Evans: UFC Hall Of Famer

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Announced on the show in New York last night that he’s being inducted during International Fight Week in July. 

About time. Fuck that he finished up on 5 losses in a row. Rashad at his best was one of the top fighters of his era. Won TUF 2 as a tiny heavyweight and went on to beat the likes of Chuck Liddell, Rampage Jackson, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Tito Ortiz, Michael Bisping and Chael Sonnen. That’s a who’s who of names from his era. He was the UFC light heavyweight champion and was a tremendous coach on TUF 10. He also had a hand in helping train guys like Kamaru Usman, Anthony Johnson, Vitor Belfort, Alistair Overeem, Michael Johnson, Tyrone Spong, Gilbert Burns and a bunch more at various points in their careers during the Blackzilians days. On top of all that he’s been a really good analyst for FOX and now ESPN. He’s added so much to my MMA enjoyment over the years when I look back. 

Here’s a quick interview with him reacting to the news he’s going in the HOF. If you can tolerate Karyn Bryant’s annoying shoutiness at the beginning; 

He seemed proper taken aback by the announcement during the show and was visibly emotional. Great to see him getting that moment in New York though and even better to see how much he’s pretty much universally liked these days. Most of you who post MMA on here will recall a time when that wasn’t the case. It’s nice to see that’s changed. I never really got the hate for him anyway. 

Let’s discuss Suga Rashad. Favourite memories and all that good stuff. 

Pretty cool that him and Bisping are going in the HOF at the same time as well. 

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Sadly I cheered against him alot tbh. I was a Liddell, Henderson, Griffin, Bisping etc fan. I liked him when I first saw him on TUF though as he seemed to drive Matt Hughes, who I always hated up the wall. He then kicked uber dickhead Sean Salmon's head clean off. I think his career highlight for me was making Rampage look like an idiot on their TUF series.

I'd been a huge Rampage fan for years and sadly that series just showed him up as a total wanker and arrogant bully. Rashad though wasen't intimidated at all by him and made him look stupid throughout. Rampage still had the cheers fight night but he lost me as a fan and I was laughing when Rashad beat him.

He fell so sharp, so quick. He was 17-1-1 before Jones then it was sad he ended up 19-8-1. 

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Rashad impersonations...

Mike Tyson;

Rashad’s mum, Anderson Silva, Marcus Jones from TUF 10 (Warning - Mike Goldberg is pure cringe at the start);

And one I’d never seen until now, Rashad’s Alistair Overeem is spot on!; 

😂 

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I was also a Liddell and Griffin supporter. Thus I could never get behind Rashad when he was at his peak. In fact, I disliked him for a good few years. However, in retrospect, the problem was with me, not with him. There wasn't really anything wrong with Rashad. I was just butthurt that he beat fighters that I liked at the time (ironically, I later grew to dislike Griffin).

TUF 10 marked a turning point for Rashad's reputation. He came across much better than Rampage did during filming. He was not only a better coach, but also came across as a better person. In retrospect, it is slightly baffling that the fans remained in Rampage's corner after the show, and when the two later fought in Vegas. In the next few years a lot of fans slowly dropped old grudges, and rightfully began to appreciate Rashad's achievements. There were still a few bumps along the road. For instance, he made a silly remark in the build up to the Phil Davis fight, and there was a month in 2011 where the MMA community rallied behind Tito Ortiz at his expense. A large portion of the MMA community were also lukewarm to his feud with Jon Jones. But by the time his career hit the skids in 2014, he had generally become liked by MMA fans. 

His resume speaks for itself. I think his best moments were the legendary knockout of Liddell, the grappling masterclass he put on against Davis, and the comeback victory against Griffin. He is also probably the best fighter to have won The Ultimate Fighter reality show. However, his relevance to the sport should additionally not be overlooked. He was one of the biggest names in the UFC's initial boom period, and while I don't quite get as nostalgic for that era as I do for Pride's later years, it was an era where I was deeply invested in the sport. He will be remembered as part of that era. His dismal performances in the McGregor/Rousey era will largely be overlooked. 

So aye, a richly deserved addition to the UFC HOF. He would have been a glaring omission had he been passed over for induction. 

Edited by jimufctna24

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Fight wise i dont think anything comes close to the Liddell KO, but TUF 10 and the Rampage feud has to be what he's most fondly remembered for. 

 

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Despite rooting against him a lot, it was never personal and more to do with who he was fighting. Dude's always been a classy guy, and a great ambassador for the sport in general.

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