Fanhouse.com recently conducted a great interview with UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. Evans talked about his upcoming fight with Lyoto Machida, how Machida compares to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, his feelings towards Matt Hughes and much more. Here are some excerpts:
On Machida’s style being boring:
No, I don’t think it’s boring. i think it’s really good. I like watching Lyoto fight. He’s very accurate and he’s very precise.
If he’s disappointed to be fighting Machida over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson:
No, not at all. I thought Lyoto was more deserving than Rampage anyway. [When asked why] He’s better.
On his feelings towards Rampage:
I like Rampage a lot. I think he’s really funny and charismatic. But I still want to beat his ass some day.
On goals he has for himself:
I want to get Anderson Silva’s record for the most consecutive wins in the UFC, with nine, keep the belt and then break that record.
If he’d like to fight “The Spider”:
Sure. I’d love to fight Anderson Silva.
His thoughts on Anderson Silva facing Forrest Griffin:
I think it’s going to be a good fight. I think Forrest Griffin is going to perform well because when he’s an underdog and everybody thinks he doesn’t have a chance, that’s when he’s at his best. That’s when Forrest Griffin is most dangerous. Silva is very, very good and he probably will win the fight. But I don’t think it’s going to be easy. I think Forrest is going to give him some trouble.
His feelings towards Matt Hughes and who takes the Hughes – Serra fight:
I’ve got nothing but love for Matt Hughes. I’ve got nothing but respect for him because as a champion he’s already done what I want to do, have a successful run as champion. I think his fight with Serra is a great fight between two fighters who are in the same spot in their careers right now. It’s going to be an interesting fight to see. I don’t know who’s going to win, and I like both guys, but I think if Matt Hughes goes in there just trying to kill Matt Serra, he might get caught with something. But I think if he goes in there patient and lets the fight develop, then it’ll go to Matt Hughes.
On ever having to face training partner Keith Jardine in the octagon:
Jardine is my No. 1 training partner. I couldn’t go through a camp without him. There’s just no way I could go into the Octagon and fight him. I would rather retire.
For the entire interview at Fanhouse.com, click here.