The former UFC Light Heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer, Rashad Evans, who’s been retired since the middle of 2018, is set to fight for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s MMA promotion, Eagle FC, at its first U.S. Event is going to take place on Jan. 28 in Miami.
Evans will compete at light heavyweight against an opponent to be named. This past July, Evans, 42, but he specifically was looking for a boxing match against YouTuber Logan Paul or former champion Roy Jones Jr., neither of which materialized.
Evans (19-8-1) hasn’t fought since a 53-second knockout loss to Anthony Smith on June 9, 2018, at UFC 225. That result was Evans’ fifth consecutive loss, ultimately leading him to announce his retirement two weeks later.
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Evans, the Season 2 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” at heavyweight in 2005, went on to win the UFC light heavyweight title with a TKO of Forrest Griffin in December 2008. Evans lost the belt to Lyoto Machida in his next fight after being knocked out at UFC 98. Evans never managed to reclaim the gold and lost his only other opportunity, a decision to then-champion Jon Jones at UFC 145.
The loss to Jones was the beginning of a downfall to Evans’ career in which he lost seven of his final nine UFC bouts – including five in a row – from 2012 to 2018.
Evans is widely regarded as one the dangerous and complete fighters of his era, Eagle Fc is looking to set up a very strong start to their journey as the card looks strong and rumors of Kevin Lee possibly signing with the promotion approach the internet.
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