Rashad Evans is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, something that absolutely no one can take away from him, but without a doubt in recent times he has had some struggles. He had two back-to-back losses, one to Jon Jones and another to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but he is back in the win column with his recent fight against Dan Henderson and will be squaring off against Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in one of their most stacked cards to date.
According to a recent interview with Rashad, he might have gone through some doldrums where he wasn’t loving what he was doing, but he’s getting back in the swing of things now and should be ready.
“It’s not something I’m going to try to find at night. It’s something, I’ve got to cross it every day. I’ve got to remember, okay, this is why I’m doing it,” Evans said. “See, the biggest part, what happened to me before, is the fact that I forgot why I was doing it. I didn’t enjoy it anymore. I was to the point where I was just going through the motions. I didn’t enjoy the process, because it’s all about the process. You’ve got to really dig deep and you’ve got to really love every single thing about the game.
“The grind, the grind is where it’s at. So I gotta fall in love with that grind again. And that grind is what brings that dog out. Because when I’m out there and I’m doing that extra work, when I’m hitting that bag and I’m making myself go until I can’t go no more, until I want to pass out because I’m so dizzy with exhaustion, when I do that, I know somebody has to pay for that. So when I’m on and when my mindset is going like that, on fight night it becomes easy, being I’ve been breeding that dog all through training camp. On fight night I get to let it out.”