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Maggie Hendricks

Rashad Evans: family man, pitch man, knockout man

Maggie Hendricks
Cagewriter

After the chaos that was season eight of the "Ultimate Fighter," and the gruesomeness from the Fight for the Troops, the UFC needs to show their wholesome side. They like to boast about how educated their fighters are, and that they are athletes like in every other sport, but it can be hard to focus on that when fighters are urinating into fruit trays on national television and Corey Hill is still in the hospital for his broken leg.

Enter Rashad Evans. On Dec. 27, he will attempt to win the light heavyweight belt from Forrest Griffin, and that could be a dream come true for the UFC. Evans is the exact kind of guy you want representing your organization.

A devoted family man, he just became a father of a baby girl, Nia Skye. He is known for his tireless work ethic. While competing as a wrestler at Michigan State, he earned a degree in psychology. After the fight with Griffin, he plans on starting a foundation to benefit inner-city children. His marketability was even tapped by Microsoft as he was in their latest "I'm a P.C." commercials.

Evans is disliked by some fans because he upset one of the UFC's most popular fighters in Chuck Liddell. That's not really fair, as all he did was beat the fighter that was put in front of him. At UFC 92, he will again come in with the odds against him, putting his 12-0-1 record on the line against one of the UFC's most popular athletes. Something tells me we shouldn't look past Evans this time.

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