September 10, 2008
Rashad Evans should be on top of the world. Instead he feels like a pinata being knocked around by mixed martial arts fans and the media. It ain't easy when you blast a legend like Chuck Liddell.
Evans (pictured w/Big Boi) addresses UFC color analyst Joe Rogan, who questioned if Rashad was moving so much for strategy or was it showboating?
CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO CLIP OF THE EVANS INTERVIEW (TAGG Radio):
Evans can't win for winning. He really didn't get to enjoy his moment in the sun and show some real emotion. He got on his Fred G. Sanford heart attack routine but quickly nixed it when he felt the cold vibe around Philips Arena.
"I was there when Chuck knocked Randy out, this dude ran around the cage like five times and went over to see his people before he even checked on Randy. "
There is a double-standard when it comes to celebrating. Maybe you're given more leeway as an established star in the sport. Like him or not, people better get used to Evans and his "antics." The guy is just scratching the surface.
I don't see why he wouldn't be a fan and promotion favorite. He has solid marketing crossover potential and simply gets it from the media standpoint. He's a joker and unlike some other fighters, like Forrest Griffin, he stays loose and accessible all the way up to the fight. That's nothing against Griffin. He probably represents more of the norm amongst the fighters. Griffin is definitely a goofball when not prepping for a fight and then his cage persona takes over the week of the fight.
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