On the recent episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Rashad Evans revealed that he’s been struggling with career “burn out” for a while. Luckily though, that’s something he’s going to try and clear up with his upcoming bout with Chael Sonnen.
“It’s not something I’m going to try to find at night. It’s something, I’ve got to cross it every day. I’ve got to remember, okay, this is why I’m doing it,” Evans said. “See, the biggest part, what happened to me before, is the fact that I forgot why I was doing it. I didn’t enjoy it anymore. I was to the point where I was just going through the motions. I didn’t enjoy the process, because it’s all about the process. You’ve got to really dig deep and you’ve got to really love every single thing about the game.”
“The grind, the grind is where it’s at. So I gotta fall in love with that grind again,” he continued. “And that grind is what brings that dog out. Because when I’m out there and I’m doing that extra work, when I’m hitting that bag and I’m making myself go until I can’t go no more, until I want to pass out because I’m so dizzy with exhaustion, when I do that, I know somebody has to pay for that. So when I’m on and when my mindset is going like that, on fight night it becomes easy, being I’ve been breeding that dog all through training camp. On fight night I get to let it out.”
Evans recently snapped a two-fight losing streak with a split decision win over Dan Henderson, advancing him to #5 in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. He’ll be facing the #4 ranked Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 on November 16.