Rashad Evans: Swagger At Full Speed For UFC 161

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Rashad Evans has had some time to to dwell on why he couldn’t hit the switch in his last bout again Antonio Nogueira at UFC 156.

It’s got a lot to do with accusations he can’t seem to shake since his appearance in the UFC in 2005 saying he’s too cocky. Evans believes that’s what caused him to lose his bout.

“My coach was in the corner telling me, ‘You’ve got to go. But I couldn’t hit that switch. I just couldn’t turn it on and let it all hang out. I turned down the swagger a little because I wanted to be more focused in my competitions. But when I did that, I took a little piece away from me. I took a little of that go inside of me that pushed me, that part that made me get into a dogfight with anybody and do anything to get the win.”

But Evans gets his chance to turn back up the ‘swagger’ with a redemption fight at UFC 161. His opponent is former PRIDE champion Dan Henderson, who’s also coming off a loss from Machida.

We can expect tons of action with both men coming off losses, much different than Evans’ last bout.

Evans plans to bring out the haters again with this next bout:

“When I go out there and compete, I have to be cocky. That’s how I compete. I have to have my swag out there and be like that because that’s a part of me. It’s a part you’d never see of me in regular life because I joke around and smile, and you don’t see that side. But when I compete, I want the person I’m fighting to know that he shouldn’t have even signed the contract to fight me. He should be embarrassed, and I want to embarrass him for doing so.”

“I have to be real with myself and compete the way I’m feeling. When I’m in the moment, my body will do what it does. And when that happens, I have to trust that it will be OK.”