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UFC’s Rashad Evans Talks Blackzilian Life, Says Nobody Was Paid to Join

(Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans)

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.


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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.