Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “Sugar” Rashad Evans (19-3-1) recently spoke to MMA Junkie about his camp and to debunk the rumor that he’s paid fighters to join his gym.
Evans has been outside looking in at a UFC cage since he was sidelined after he demolished Chael Sonnen via first round TKO at UC 167 in 2013.
“I do like to be here even though I can’t spar; I like to be here with the team,” Evans told MMAjunkie in March. “I like to give the guys some pointers when I see it. I love to coach. If I can’t fight, then I’ll coach. Being in here with the guys is as close as I can get to it now.”
Evans jumpstarted the gym before a Light Heavyweight Title bout with the now former UFC champion Jon “Bones” Jones.
“There was no signing bonus at all,” Evans said. “Me leaving Jervis Cole was more of a business decision for me where I felt like I needed to take my career to another level. I never received any money and I don’t know anybody else who has received any money. Glenn is the type of guy who makes sure that his fighters – that they’re not in a situation where they have to worry about money.
“If paying for a fighter means, ‘Yeah, I’m going to put you up in this hotel.’ Or, ‘I’ll put you up in this apartment and help you get on your feet and you go from there,’ he has done that. But (American Top Team co-founder) Dan Lambert has done that as well. One thing I think that any good management team, when it comes to fighters – you have to understand, at some point you’re going to help these fighters out. Fighters don’t have money. I’ve done that myself. I’ve had a few fighters come and live at my house and I give them a car to drive and stuff like that – help pay for their things in order to help them get on their feet. That’s what I call paying it forward to the game.”
MMA Fans can catch Rashad on Wednesday nights on Spike TV as he coaches the Blackzilians in their rivalry contest with American Top Team.