Rashad Evans has taken a lot of criticism for a gesture he made toward Forrest Griffin during their fight this past Saturday.
After a nice flurry by Griffin in which he landed multiple strikes, Evans grabbed his genitles and kissed his hand. He went on to win the fight, but may have lost some fans in the process.
Evans addressed the gesture during an interview with TAGG Radio.
“When [Griffin] got off his little flurry on me, and he gave me everything he had, I was like, ‘Oh man. I’ve seen every trick in the book,'” Evans said. “And I knew that there was nothing he could do to really hurt me. I felt all his power, and I was like, ‘Man, I’ve got this. I’ve got this now.’ And I wanted to let him know that [he] can’t hurt me. It’s going to be a long night from here on out.’ It was just a little fun. Me and Forrest were sitting there smiling. I’d hit him with a good shot, and he’d give me a little smile or something. We were just going back and forth. When you’re in the gym or something like that, it’s just some stuff we go on with a little trash-talking and stuff like that. It’s nothing personal. It’s just getting into the fight.”