Rashad Evans (17-2-1) believes his time on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) made him a star. Evans was the winner of TUF 2: Heavyweights and coached the 10th season. He did express dislike for having to live in the house with other fights, but knows that it helped shape him.
“The Ultimate Fighter is a microcosm of what can happen later on,” said Evans on Fuel TV. “I learned so much from being on that show that I carry to this day because it’s like that in so many aspects.”
After Evans won the TUF in 2005, he dropped down to light heavyweight in his next fight and hasn’t looked back. He is a former light heavyweight champion, but failed to reclaim the title in his previous fight against Jon Jones (17-1). When coaching on TUF, Evans defeated Jackson in 2010.
A lesson Evans took away from the show was that challenges can from anywhere. He cited fighting former training partner Jones as an example.
“It’s been proven to me that you will need to fight your friends,” said Evans. “It happens.”
Evans is rumored for UFC 156 on February 2 against Antônio Rogério Nogueira (20-5). The fight is not official.