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Rashad Evans Not Feeling Awkward Heading Into Chael Sonnen Fight

Rashad Evans has competed against close friends before.

He did it as an amateur wrestler, and he’s done it in MMA.

Evans, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, will do it once again in November when he faces Chael Sonnen at UFC 167.

“It’s not awkward,” said Evans, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I’ve fought a friend before when I faced Jon Jones, but this is totally different.”

Evans and Sonnen work closely on several UFC programs for FOX Sports, including work on pre- and post-fight shows.

“I compartmentalize it,” said Evans, of fighting Sonnen. “This is one step back to getting the belt. Chael is a great competitor. I want to show people that I deserve to be in the No. 1 contender spot.”

Sonnen, who was hosting the show, didn’t let “Suga” off without taking a jab at him, responding “Did you just say compartmentalize? That’s a big word for a spartan from Michigan State. Can you spell it for us?”