Rashad Evans recently spoke to MMAWeekly about a variety of topics, including the pressures of being champion, being compared to Georges St. Pierre, his fight with Lyoto Machida and more. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On being champion:
“There’s always stuff that’s coming at you left and right, and you’re like, damn, it didn’t need to be like this. I wish it was like the old days.
“It is different, because you have all these expectations, people expect you to be this way, be that way,” he continued. “I just want to be myself.”
On training with Georges St. Pierre:
“People say, Georges is like this as a champion. I’m not Georges, Georges is Georges. I don’t need to be like him. Georges doing what he’s doing and me doing what I’m doing are two different things. But it doesn’t make either one of us less of a champion.”
On advice he’s received from GSP:
“Georges told me you can’t please everybody, so don’t even try. Don’t get so caught up in trying to appease everybody.”
On his upcoming fight with Lyoto Machia:
“I’m not going to add any pressure to myself to say it’s going to be this kind of fight or that kind of fight,” he said. “I’m just going to go out there and fight my best. I really can’t worry about what people are going to say if they’re going to say it’s a boring fight. There’s always been harsh critics of me, saying this, that, and the other. If I listened to the fans every time, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.”
For the full interview at MMAWeekly, click here.