Rashad Evans Not Retiring Following Latest Loss: “I’m Better Than This”
By FCF Staff
Rashad Evans has no plans to close the book on his decorated career just yet, following his third straight defeat last weekend at UFC 209.
The former light-heavyweight champ took on middleweight Dan Kelly, and lost the bout via split decision. Since Evans is 37 year’s old, and because he’s been forced to battle through significant knee injuries in recent years, some observers questioned whether he might retire.
“I’ve got to get this off me,” Evans said. “I’ve got to get this loss off me. I know I’m better than this. I know I’m a better competitor than this, and I want to go out there and fight as much as I can. That’s just the truth of the matter. I’m 37 years old and I don’t know how long my body is going to hold out to do what I love to do.
“I want to compete as much as I can until I can’t compete anymore. And when I can’t compete anymore, I can’t compete anymore. But at the end of the day, I still feel like I can compete, and that’s what I want to do. I want to compete.”
Evans’ last win took place back in 2013, when he stopped Chael Sonnen in the opening round at UFC 167.