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Conor McGregor Seems Totally Cool With What Happened Last Night

At UFC 229, former champ Conor McGregor took a beating at the hands of reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Then, because of all the bad blood between them, Khabib spat on Conor, climbed over the cage, and leaped into the audience to scrap with McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis.

To make matters worse, Khabib’s teammates scampered over the side of the cage and attacked McGregor. It was total bedlam, and it ended with Las Vegas police escorting McGregor backstage.

A dismayed UFC boss Dana White made it clear that some of Khabib’s teammates were subsequently arrested. And for sure the Nevada State Athletic Commission was withholding Nurmagomedov’s fight purse pending a review of the chaos.

But you know who seems totally cool with what transpired? Conor McGregor.

Here’s what the Irish superstar said on both Twitter and Instagram afterwards:

 

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I’ll be back.

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As for Khabib’s teammates who were arrested, McGregor even declined to press charges.

Those dudes ganged up on him and attacked him from behind. And McGregor is cool with that!

We’ll never know for sure, but I suspect that, had McGregor won the fight, he wouldn’t have spit on Nurmagomedov and attacked his team. He might have actually been respectful – complimentary even.

Here’s champ Daniel Cormier giving his two cents:

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Conor McGregor Seems Totally Cool With What Happened Last Night

At UFC 229, former champ Conor McGregor took a beating at the hands of reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Then, because of all the bad blood between them, Khabib spat on Conor, climbed over the cage, and leaped into the audience to scrap with McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis.

To make matters worse, Khabib’s teammates scampered over the side of the cage and attacked McGregor. It was total bedlam, and it ended with Las Vegas police escorting McGregor backstage.

A dismayed UFC boss Dana White made it clear that some of Khabib’s teammates were subsequently arrested. And for sure the Nevada State Athletic Commission was withholding Nurmagomedov’s fight purse pending a review of the chaos.

But you know who seems totally cool with what transpired? Conor McGregor.

Here’s what the Irish superstar said on both Twitter and Instagram afterwards:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I’ll be back.

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As for Khabib’s teammates who were arrested, McGregor even declined to press charges.

Those dudes ganged up on him and attacked him from behind. And McGregor is cool with that!

We’ll never know for sure, but I suspect that, had McGregor won the fight, he wouldn’t have spit on Nurmagomedov and attacked his team. He might have actually been respectful – complimentary even.

Here’s champ Daniel Cormier giving his two cents:

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Conor McGregor Seems Totally Cool With What Happened Last Night

At UFC 229, former champ Conor McGregor took a beating at the hands of reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Then, because of all the bad blood between them, Khabib spat on Conor, climbed over the cage, and leaped into the audience to scrap with McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis.

To make matters worse, Khabib’s teammates scampered over the side of the cage and attacked McGregor. It was total bedlam, and it ended with Las Vegas police escorting McGregor backstage.

A dismayed UFC boss Dana White made it clear that some of Khabib’s teammates were subsequently arrested. And for sure the Nevada State Athletic Commission was withholding Nurmagomedov’s fight purse pending a review of the chaos.

But you know who seems totally cool with what transpired? Conor McGregor.

Here’s what the Irish superstar said on both Twitter and Instagram afterwards:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I’ll be back.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on

As for Khabib’s teammates who were arrested, McGregor even declined to press charges.

Those dudes ganged up on him and attacked him from behind. And McGregor is cool with that!

We’ll never know for sure, but I suspect that, had McGregor won the fight, he wouldn’t have spit on Nurmagomedov and attacked his team. He might have actually been respectful – complimentary even.

Here’s champ Daniel Cormier giving his two cents:

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RECAP! Nothing Significant Happened?!?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight sluggers Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis battled last night (July 7, 2018) at UFC 226 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bad blood and massive power? Sounds like a recipe for a fun fight. Some fans may decry Ngannou as exposed after his difficult loss to Miocic, but a young fighter getting soundly beaten by the champion of the division is hardly career-ending. To get back into the title mix, Ngannou just had to land another knockout. Of course, Lewis was coming for the Cameroonian’s chin as well. The bruiser may not be the most technical athlete, but none could doubt his brawling prowess.

After a long feeling out process, Lewis scored first with a nice body kick and right hand. Lewis continued to work with kicks, while Ngannou stalked and waited for his opening. There were 90 seconds remaining in the round when Ngannou finally threw his first strike, a jab which came up short. Not that Lewis did much more, but he did land some decent kicks and threaten with power punches.

Realistically, the first round was a giant feint contest, but Lewis definitely won it with his slightly elevated rate of activity.

Ngannou was a bit more active with his jab to start the second, but it was still a literal staring contest for large portions of time. Ngannou attempted his first real takedown of the fight nearly two minutes in with no success. Otherwise, it was the battle of the occasional jab vs. the occasional kick. The world kept hoping it would improve, but Ngannou did almost nothing for the entire five minutes.

Lewis did slight — SLIGHTLY — more, so I guess he was up two rounds to none.

Neither man made any adjustments to begin the third round. Actually, Ngannou threw a few more kicks, none of which did anything significant. I’m really struggling to write anything more about the action because almost nothing happened. Lewis mixed in a couple flurries that sort of saw some body punches land.

Lewis scored with a decent flurry near the end of the round, which pretty much sealed the deal for “The Black Beast.”

Is there anything to talk about in a fight where only 30 something strikes were landed in 15 minutes? That’s an abysmal rate. It was a terrible, miserable fight where almost nothing happened.

If there’s anyone to defend, it has to be Lewis. Lewis has long suffered back spasms — it once cost him a fight the day of the bout — and it seems that Lewis was dealing with that injury during the fight. Even with that issue, Lewis forced the issue a bit more, throwing and landing double the strikes of his opponent.

A miserable win is a miserable win.

There’s no defense for Ngannou. “The Predator” may have lost last time out, but at least he was swinging for the finish until the final bell. This was far more devastating to his reputation, and the UFC needs to throw him a softball next time out so that he can hopefully rebound.

Last night, Derrick Lewis somehow won a slow-paced decision. What do you make of this bizarre fight?

For complete UFC 226: “Miocic Vs. Cormier” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Midnight Mania! Irish PM On McGregor In Office: ‘Stranger Things Have Happened’

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

He might have been on a high after meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger for the first time, but Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told TMZ today that Conor McGregor could very well run for political office someday. In his words:

Ah, you never know, stranger things have happened. Just met Arnold Schwarzenegger, so… yeah, he was a muscleman actor, career in politics after, and was a good governor! So, anything’s possible.

This is something “Notorious” has expressed interest in, hinting at it on Instagram in February. Fellow Irish MMA fighter Joe Duffy, who submitted McGregor back on the regional scene, isn’t a big fan of the idea, saying McGregor’s brash personality would be at odds with the humble Irish working class.

Apparently the Irish prime minister had a second opinion. He has broken the mold in politics himself, having been both the youngest prime minister in Irish history and the first to be not only an ethnic minority, but openly gay.


Insomnia

Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold have been feuding on social media today. Luke Rockhold tweeted this picture …

… But he should have known the response Bisping would have. Probably a dozen fans had posted this GIF at him before Bisping got around to it.

Mighty Mouse is inspiring young fighters … but not all can do what he did.

UFC lightweight prospect and dedicated fisherman Gregor Gillespie practicing his shots. Who did it better — him or the kid?

Ngannou is back … but who should he fight next?

So true. Yoel Romero can try that with this particular dog, though. I’m gonna just stay away.

Idea credit: @dylandiggle

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This meme is perfect for MMA!

Exactly how they drew it up

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Movie level choreography — why doesn’t Sage Northcutt use this one?

Good point!

Rory Macdonald wants to fight the winner of Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Carvalho for the Bellator middleweight belt.

Brian Kelleher vs. John Lineker is a great fight booking.

Really, really old wrestling clip.

Nate Diaz is really milking that moment in the sun.

Art

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

This fight is crazy!

This is a great move:

She got hit and was like, nah, screw this.

This one is a little more brutal:

Alright that’s a gorgeous armbar.


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Random Land

Stoicism.

Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, his family confirmed. One of the most extraordinary and revered scientists of our time, he was given two years to live in 1963 … I would say he far surpassed the doctor’s expectations.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Anderson Silva’s medical team is working with USADA to figure out WTF happened

‘The Spider’ has put out another statement clarifying what he’s doing about his recent drug test failure.

Anderson Silva has released another statement on his recent USADA suspension … and this one helpfully addresses the actual situation rather than just offering up platitudes about not giving up.

That first statement offered up “a big kiss for everyone,” which was nice, I guess. This one tells us what he’s doing about his latest drug test failure, which is even better!

Here’s the text in full:

To All my fans,

Thank you so much for all of the support you have shown me over the past week. This means a lot to both my family and I … I just want to keep you updated on what’s going on now. My medical team is working very closely with USADA to find out the reason for my suspension of UFC SHANGHAI… hopefully we will get more news very soon. I have been fighting for the past 20 years and always try to be an example to my fans and to my sport….

Again, I want to thank all of you for your support and hope to see you soon for my next fight…

“The Spider”

The letter does not address what substance turned up in Anderson Silva’s test. We also still don’t know if Silva is facing a much longer suspension this time since he failed another drug test in 2015 (which he blamed on “thai sex juice”).

That drug failure went down before USADA started testing UFC athletes, but if they consider this recent drug test failure a second offense, “The Spider” could be out for as long as four years depending on what was in his system.

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ICYMI, This Happened at Bellator This Weekend

Sometimes violence occurs on an MMA card that’s so brutal and shocking, the clip will go viral. Such was the case with the sudden ending of an undercard fight at Bellator 186 on Friday, which saw Tywan Claxton destroy Johnny Bonilla-Bowman with a flying knee in a minute and a half. I actually know Bonilla-Bowman. […]

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ICYMI, This Happened at Bellator This Weekend

Sometimes violence occurs on an MMA card that’s so brutal and shocking, the clip will go viral. Such was the case with the sudden ending of an undercard fight at Bellator 186 on Friday, which saw Tywan Claxton destroy Johnny Bonilla-Bowman with a flying knee in a minute and a half. I actually know Bonilla-Bowman. […]

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Why a Mayweather vs. McGregor type fight never happened historically, and why it can happen now

The idea of the biggest boxing star in the world facing a world champion from another combat sport has been talked about since the beginning of time, and now it may actually happen. But the irony is that as successful as UFC is, they are doing something that no other company in the past ever agreed to do: sacrifice their top draw for a one-night payoff.

Dana White’s latest revelation, that a proposed Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight will probably happen, besides being a quick about-face from what he was saying just days earlier, speaks more to modern technology’s ability to drive so much revenue on a singular night than anything else.

It’s been roughly 11 years since the UFC was able to hang with boxing, and eventually surpass boxing (except for rare superfights) as a consistent pay-per-view draw. From that point, the idea of a true top drawing boxer vs. top drawing UFC fighter would have always been a big one-night money grab. But there was a logical reason it would never happen, aside from when the past-his-prime James Toney faced Randy Couture. It’s the same reason that for the last 100 years similar matches with the biggest boxer of any given era against the biggest wrestling star of any given era never took place.

Playground arguments over who would win a real fight between boxing champion Jack Dempsey and wrestling champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis were common in the 1920s. Generations later, the same happened with new names, such as Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee in the early 1970s, or Mike Tyson and Alexander Karelin in the 1990s. The arguments were destined by always be theoretical and unanswered. In reality, such a real fight could never happen.

There was always money potential for those match-ups, but there were also a couple of truisms. While people who knew little about fighting and the kids on the playground who debated those topics had the fantasy that there was some street fighter-esque mentality in the elite badasses of combat sports, those who know could tell you that in almost all cases, the winner of that type of fight is determined ahead of time by who has the power to make the rules.

In laymen’s terms, MMA is a decathlon. Boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, sambo, judo, etc. are the 100, the 1,500, the hurdles, the shot put, the pole vault, and the long jump. You can argue that the gold medal winner of the decathlon is the greatest all-around athlete in the world. But put him in with the gold medalist in any of those individual disciplines, and he gets smoked. But if you take Usain Bolt and put him in a series of different events against Ashton Eaton, aside from his specialty, he’d have no chance.

There was all kinds of money to be made from Dempsey vs. Lewis, and there were talks for years that at times it came close to happening. But at the end of the day, such a fight, even though it would have financially benefitted both sides greatly for one night, never happened. Both men were big drawing cards and the feeling was that if they would lose, it would hurt their drawing power, and perhaps more importantly, it would make the public believe that the other sport has tougher guys.

Granted, if you’re a true fight fan, the idea is silly. But in those days, and even with smarter fans today, part of the perception and drawing power of big fights is the idea that these are the baddest men on the planet. Boxing fans, mostly older, want to cling to the idea that MMA is some secondary fight creation so lesser fighters have a venue where they can participate at a high level. MMA fans have their own superiority ideas that the old generation of boxing fans are outdated because in a real fight, the boxers wouldn’t have a chance against their MMA heroes.

And those who know both sports know that if such a mixed fight would happen, the winner was predetermined anyway based on the rules.

Dempsey had been around wrestlers enough to know that, in the end, he couldn’t beat a wrestler in a fight where wrestling was part of the fight. He was the bigger star. Boxing was the more lucrative sport. Lewis knew that he’d face instant destruction if he accepted a fight where he couldn’t use his wrestling techniques. If he did so, the entire business of pro wrestling would have suffered badly, even though he’d make more money on that night than he could with another wrestler.

Substitute the names, whether it was Rocky Marciano and Lou Thesz, or Ali and Bruno Sammartino, and that argument continued to play out. In one of the better kept secrets of the past 15 years, even after UFC started, there was an attempt made to once again make that type of fight.

About 15 years ago, the camp of Lennox Lewis approached Vince McMahon with the idea of a joint promotion where he’d face a pro wrestling champion. What Lewis was thinking was unknown, probably a way to get a big money fight against a non-fighter, and get a nice payday. McMahon was interested at the time.

In 2002, McMahon had made the call to build his company around a newcomer named Brock Lesnar. McMahon’s business was huge from 1999 to 2001, but had tumbled. The Rock had left for Hollywood and injuries made Steve Austin’s days numbered. Lesnar was a great athlete, huge and physically impressive, and unlike most of the entertainers that McMahon had in his troupe, Lesnar was truly gifted as a legitimate wrestler, having won the NCAA heavyweight championship in 2000.

Lewis’ idea set the wheels in McMahon’s brain turning. While Lesnar at the time was gaining popularity in wrestling, to get him to the next level — the goal was for him to be the new generation’s Hulk Hogan — he needed an outside hook. Hogan had used the Rocky movies, Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper, where the public outside of the wrestling fandom took notice of him.

What could be bigger than the WWE champion against the world heavyweight boxing champion? Granted, the boxing heavyweight king didn’t mean nearly what it did in the era of Ali, Joe Louis or even Mike Tyson, but it was still far more important to the public than it is today.

McMahon, having been around wrestling for most of his life, figured — as most in wrestling believed — that in a mixed rules match, the boxer has about a 30 second window of opportunity before he’s taken down and it’s over.

The idea got far enough that McMahon personally contacted Marc Ratner, the current UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, who at the time was the Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. He told Ratner that he wanted the fight to be in Las Vegas, and wanted to know what he needed to do to get Nevada to sanction the fight as legitimate.

Ratner told him Nevada would sanction the fight, giving it the credibility they felt it needed since the involvement of McMahon would make people think it wasn’t going to be on the level, but only as long as every fight on the show was real. McMahon had laid out plans for two fights, Lesnar vs. Lewis and Kurt Angle, one of McMahon’s other top stars at the time and a 1996 wrestling Olympic gold medalist, against Michael Moorer, a former heavyweight boxing champion.

But the idea fell apart once rules were discussed, as suddenly Lewis, who was the bigger draw, didn’t want takedowns below the waist allowed and insisted on other rules that would take away Lesnar’s weapons. Rather than take his share of the one-day payday that would have probably been huge, McMahon lost interest. Lewis later claimed there were never even talks for such a fight.

What value was it for McMahon to put one of his stars in a situation where they’d lose for just one night? And while Lesnar would have made more money for that fight than any pro wrestling match, or anything possible at that time in his life, it isn’t like he was looking at sacrificing his aura as a giant badass to the public under largely boxing rules against the best in the world in a sport he had never participated in.

Keep in mind that McMahon could have sacrificed Lesnar if Lesnar would have agreed to it, but felt it was the wrong long-term business move. Lesnar could have agreed to be sacrificed for the biggest payday he’d have ever imagined. McMahon also had the advantage that if Lesnar didn’t do well, he could just move on and create a new heir apparent. Unlike with the UFC, he controlled the narrative and there were a half-dozen guys he could have put in the Lesnar position after getting his cut of the one-night freak show…

…which makes Mayweather vs. McGregor so fascinating.

The UFC is far more profitable than 2002 WWE, which had lost $ 19,455,000 that year due to declining interest in pro wrestling, and far more due to a costly restaurant investment. McGregor has already broken through as a celebrity outside of his sport and the biggest drawing star the UFC has ever had. He’s not Vince McMahon trying to come up with a way for Brock Lesnar to become Hulk Hogan. McGregor already is Hulk Hogan as far as drawing power goes. And it’s not like he’s close to 40 years old, where the reality of making that kind of money is coming to an end.

Yet, where Vince McMahon nixed a deal because of the rules — the same reason every fight of this ilk in every generation never happens — this one really may happen. More fascinating is the UFC, an entity far more successful than any current boxing company, giving away the farm by having their star fight under rules where his chances of winning are just slightly better than Ashton beating Bolt in the 100.

Actually, the closest thing to this that did happen, back in 1976, was the infamous Antonio Inoki vs. Muhammad Ali match, which in Japan is often called the birth of mixed martial arts and in the U.S. became a faded memory as a bad joke.

Inoki was a pro wrestling champion, who was a trained athlete in wrestling and martial arts. He knew some submissions and could wrestle a bit, but by no means was he an elite fighter. But through manipulations, the country of Japan believed him to be the genuine article.

In the end, even though Inoki’s side were the promoters, Ali, because he was Ali, had all the power. At the last minute, rules were put in place to where Inoki’s best weapons were banned and in theory, he had little chance. He ended up devising a strategy of laying on his back and kicking at Ali’s legs for 15 rounds. The fight was a fiasco, and when it was over, the feeling was that type of a fight could never happen again because it left people with such a bad taste.

Nonetheless, the answer as to why this one looks like it could really happen includes a few things.

First, Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao did 4.6 million pay-per-view buys at $ 100 a pop in the U.S. alone. The entire event grossed in the realm of $ 600 million worldwide. It showed the ceiling for revenue for “the big fight” was far higher than anyone had ever imagined. That doesn’t mean Mayweather and McGregor will do that level of money. But going in, most thought Mayweather and Pacquiao would be successful, given the high price tag, to do half of what it ended up doing. The economic incentives today are different than any other time in history.

Evidently the belief is that Mayweather vs. McGregor would generate enough money that it would be worth it for the UFC to sacrifice the long-term drawing power of a 28-year-old star who is carrying the company on his back.

Second, unlike in all previous discussions, where boxer vs. wrestler contests would have some form of mixed rules, this fight was always under Mayweather’s rules from the start. Ultimately, it’s an admission that Mayweather is not just bigger than McGregor, but bigger than the entire UFC company and the sport of mixed martial arts, even though his is the sport fading in popularity while McGregor’s is the one growing. The rules in place tell you who is calling the shots here and, no matter what others will say publicly, who is the real star.

Sure, any combat sports fan knows the result of this fight is actually almost as predetermined as a Bruce Lee movie fight scene. But to the average person on the street, the sports fan who may still think UFC fighters are unskilled street fighters who get into a cage with no rules because they weren’t good enough to be civilized and refined boxers, and for a generation of UFC fans who are sure they know better, UFC and McGregor are selling out their entire narrative in a potentially humiliating fashion for one, admittedly gigantic, payday.

The other fascinating aspect is that in another generation, such a loss would be humiliating to UFC and McGregor. But today, when fight fans care far more about personalities and less about wins, losses and championships, who is to say that McGregor’s mouth won’t save his drawing power after a likely public humiliation?

Who is to say that the actual truth, which Dana White will talk endlessly about after it’s over — that McGregor played somebody else’s game and nobody should take the result seriously — won’t be the post-fight narrative that more than just UFC hardcore fans will cling to? And will that new narrative keep the UFC from declining as a business and McGregor from crapping out as a giant money drawing commodity?

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Rashad Evans opens up about recent losing streak: ‘Where did I go? What happened to me?’

Losing is not easy, especially if you’re an MMA fighter competing at the highest level.

Rashad Evans was once undefeated and champion of the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Now, the former champ is 2-4 in his last six bouts.

Evans, who last competed at UFC on Fox 19 back in April, losing via first-round knockout against Glover Teixeira, opened up Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour about his career, his future in MMA, and his thoughts following his devastating loss to Teixeira.

“At that moment [after Teixeira loss], it was really frustrating because when I was in the ring and I got going in the cage, I felt I was ready and I felt like I was on point,” Evans told Ariel Helwani. “But then, when I got knocked out, it just went so fast, I felt like I was so far away from where I’ve ever been. I felt like I was struggling way too much just to try to even compete.

“I had to start thinking, ‘When I went into the fight, did I already mentally lose in my mind? Was I not expecting to win?’ I’ve never had a feeling when I went into a fight that I could lose, and I was thinking, maybe I thought I could lose this fight and I didn’t go out there to attack. I had positions on him [Teixeira] where before I would have never given up. If I get somebody against the cage, they’re going to have to work their but off to keep me off from them, from holding them against the cage because then, I’m going to try to take a shot or I’m going to make them work a lot more. When I had Glover against the cage, I didn’t maximize that position, and I was like, ‘Dude, where’s your head at? What am I thinking? Where am I at when it comes to competing inside the Octagon?’

“And even before that, these were things that used to never happen to me because fighting used to be so automatic, like it was just easy. It was just so easy for me, that I never really had to work at being a top fighter. And it sounds weird to say because I feel like I haven’t had my best performance in the Octagon, but at the same time on that day, I felt like I was so far from where I used to be because I actually felt for the first time that I needed to do something in order to bring my level up way more than I have before. And that used to never happen to me.

“I was like, ‘Where did I go? What happened to me?’ And it’s a sickening feeling because fighting has been something that has always been in my DNA for so long. Like, I’ve been fighting before I could even remember, and I never had that feeling. And it was gone that day.”

When Evans went back to the hotel after his loss to Teixeira, the 36-year-old fighter wasn’t sure if he was going to continue fighting. But that night, Evans found the answer.

“That night, I went back to the hotel and I sat with my family and thanked them for coming,” Evans explained. “And you know, I hung out with them, I eased their mind, I smiled, laughed and stuff like that, but that night I knew I had my answer because I went back to the hotel, I had a couple of drinks and stuff like that, but I couldn’t rest. My mind was still busy on what happened, and I was embarrassed and all that. So I just put on my running shoes, and I ran for like four hours straight. I ran until the sun came up, and I ran until all the fighters were getting up on a bus to go home the next day.

“And I just kept running and I felt like Forrest Gump, but at the same time, finding the will to run, finding the reason to run, it answered my question whether I should quit or not. And my body said I shouldn’t quit. My mind said I shouldn’t quit. My heart said I shoudn’t quit. And if I never win another fight again, I will at least be able to go out there and compete, knowing this is truly what I want to do.

Quitting his fight career isn’t like quitting a regular job for Evans, as fighting is much more than just a job for him.

“It’s just who I am,” the former champ said. “It’s a big part of who I am. It’s just something that’s inside of me. I can’t even explain it to be honest. I don’t get another feeling like this doing anything else. Like, there is no feeling that I feel preparing for a fight, you know. Sitting there, waiting for the fight to happen like I do when I’m in it, so it’s a tough thing.

Evans is not alone in this, as many high-level fighters go through the same feelings at some point in their careers. Recently, ‘Suga’s former teammate Carlos Condit found himself in a similar situation after losing in less than two minutes against Demian Maia at UFC on Fox 21. Evans says he feels for Condit, as he’s no stranger to what the two-time welterweight title challenger is going through.

“My heart went out to him because I know that feeling,” Evans said. “I know that feeling, when you put your heart and soul into everything, and then you go out there on a night you’re supposed to perform and it doesn’t happen. And you’re just in a weird space, where you’re just thinking like, ‘I just dedicated three, four, five months to getting ready, to being ready, to going out there and competing, and this is what I went out there [for] and I just completely wet the bed. I didn’t go out there and performed the way I needed to perform.’

“And you start thinking, ‘Has time passed me up? Has the sun set on me and I didn’t know?’ And I’ve always said, I’ve never really wanted to be the professional athlete where people are like, ‘Oh he’s the last to know he needs to stop competing.’ So then, you think to yourself, ‘Did that happen to me? Should I stop competing because the curve, the level, went up that high and it’s just not there anymore, and I can’t see it because I’m too close, and I don’t have enough perspective to see it? And now, I’m the guy who needs to give it up?’

“And it’s a really, really tough thing to ask yourself because as a top athlete, who’s been at the top of the food chain, I’m not ready to be at the bottom. You don’t even know how to feel when you’re at the bottom cause you’re only used to being an apex predator, and when you’re not, you feel like I can’t compete any other way. And then, you start thinking, ‘What do I do if I don’t fight? Like, what am I if I’m not a fighter?’ And it takes you in a weird place because then you need to start to redefine who you belive yourself to be outside of fighting.

For now, Evans will continue to fight, as he looks to re-invent himself in a new weight class – the middleweight division. But when it’s all said and done for ‘Suga,’ Evans plans on giving back to the community and help out inner city kids aside from his job as an analyst for Fox Sports 1.

“You know, I really like the TV stuff,” Evans said. “But more importantly, I feel like my thing in life is just to give back. And if there is anything I can do to give back, to help out, is to start a kids program in the inner cities where they actually need it. The fact a lot of school programs are being cut, and a lot of these kids have a lot of free time on their hands, so they get involved in nonsense. And I used to be one of those kids who used to be part of the rowdy bunch if I wasn’t into sports and stuff like that. I would find something crazy to get into.

“So a lot of these kids, they get into bad things, so I would like to start a program, some kind of MMA training or something like that where they’ll be able to get into after they get done from training, and just give them a better outlet besides hanging out on the street and doing bad things. That’s something I could do. That’s something I feel like I can find a purpose in doing.”

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