Rashad Evans believes he mentioned the word retirement during an interview, leading to speculation that the former light heavyweight champion was debating his future. While retirement eventually will happen, Evans isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon.
“I lose a couple fights, and they’re like ‘You should retire,’” said Evans on MMA Junkie Radio. “Fight fans, they get nuts. If you go out there and don’t look sharp, they want you to retire right away.”
After winning the gold, Evans would drop it in his first defense in 2009. He picked up four straight wins before getting another shot at the belt. He lost a decision to former teammate Jon Jones in 2012 and in February another decision loss to Antônio Rogério Nogueira. Evans now stands at 17-3, suffering his first back-to-back losses.
Evans returns at UFC 161 against former No. 1 contender Dan Henderson. They meet at UFC 161 on June 15 from the MTS Centre in Canada.
He can also be seen on FUEL TV as a commentator.