Rashad Evans No Longer With UFC, Eyes Return To The Cage

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans retired from the sport in 2018, after losing five fights on the trot. Evans did not win a fight since October 2015, and went 2-7 in his previous nine fights. After retiring from the sport, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame earlier this year.

However, according to his manager who spoke with ESPN, “Suga” and the UFC have decided to part ways. Furthermore, his manager also revealed that Rashad Evans is now seriously considering a return to the sport.

Evans had previously told ESPN that he is now feeling better after changing his diet.

“I changed my diet after I retired, and it’s drastically changed my body and how I feel”, Evans told ESPN. “I am definitely heavily thinking about coming back.

“I just felt, when it came down to it — I want to make some money in this comeback, and I didn’t know if the UFC was interested. They’re focused on something different. I don’t think they’re into bringing back the older fighters who have retired. They’re into what’s next, what’s new.”

ESPN also confirmed the news with UFC President Dana White, who said that both parties mutually agreed to part ways. White also reportedly told ESPN that the decision was also taken, so that Evans can fight in a different promotion.

“He and Dana White talked, and it was a mutual decision”, Abdelaziz, Evans’s manager told ESPN. “He’s been back in the gym, and he’s feeling really good. I think there are a lot of fights out there for Rashad, and I’ll be talking to other promotions about him shortly.”

Rashad Evans (19-8-1 MMA, 14-8-1 UFC) has been with the UFC since 2005, when he won the TUF 2 Heavyweight tournament. Evans then captured the light heavyweight title by beating Forrest Griffin, but lost the title to Lyoto Machida.

Since his retirement, Rashad has been working with the UFC as a commentator.

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