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Former UFC Champion Rashad Evans Retires From MMA

Ultimate Fighter winner and the former UFC light-heavyweight champion of the world Rashad Evans has announced that he is retiring from mixed martial arts.

One of the most popular fighters of the golden-era of MMA has announced today that he will retire from the sport.

Five straight defeats and a particularly brutal KO in his last outing at UFC 225 seemed to seal the deal for the former-champ.

Evans, 38, was the second winner of the Ultimate Fighter – a feat he managed as a heavyweight and while middleweight was where he spent most of the last few years – it was at light-heavyweight in which he won his UFC title.

Speaking on the first edition of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, ‘Suga’ had this following to say:

“It’s hard. I don’t want to go out losing, or nothing like that, but at the same time it’s what I need. It’s what I need to do because I feel like I have other things in life that are calling me to go, too.

“I thought how hard it would be for me to really say these words or really make a statement about it, but I needed to. It’s part of me healing and just accepting the what-is. I can’t fool myself any longer about it.”

At UFC 92, Evans defeated Forrest Griffin to earn the 205lb belt and over the course of his career, picked up wins over the likes of Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell and Rampage Jackson, leaving behind him a legacy well worth being proud of.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.