Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and currently the #4 ranked “Suga” Rashad Evans (19-3-1) will be facing off with the #5 ranked and winner of the Ultimate Fihter Season 8, Ryan “Darth” Bader (19-4) at this weekend’s UFC 192 main card.
Bader has been calling out Rashad in the media and now Evans decides that it’s now an opportune time to fire back.
“I’m the fight he should get to prove that he deserves a title shot and that this is the new and improved Bader,” Evans told MMAjunkie. “He wants to prove that against a guy that’s been out for two years, a guy that’s over the hill, a guy who’s recovering from two knee surgeries. I feel good; I feel in shape,” Evans said. “He said I was fat, and I’m almost on weight right now. I’m lean, I’m mean, and I’m about to destroy this boy.”
Rashad downplays Bader’s talks of a possible title shot at 205 and even adds that Ryan is type to crack when the pressure cooker is on.
“He wants to look impressive to throw his name in the hat for a title shot, but we’ll see how that goes for him,” Evans said of his opponent. “I don’t think it’s going to go well for him because Bader’s one of those guys … when the pressure’s on, he doesn’t perform well. That’s just the truth of the matter. He doesn’t perform well when the pressure’s on.”
Evans also tells of how mixed martial arts is just second nature to him and it’s comparative to just going with the flow.
“Fighting, for me, is something that comes easy and natural once I let it happen,” he said. “The more I try to do this or do that, the harder it becomes and the more mistakes I make. When I’m loose, relaxed and enjoying myself, the fight comes easy.”
Even though Evans hasn’t fought in 2 years, he is 2-0 in his last 2 with a Split Decision victory over former Pride FC champion Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 161. He then turned around 5 months later and dismantled the outspoken Chael Sonnen and TKO’d him at 4:05 of the first round of their Co-Main Event contest at UFC 167.
Bader is 4-0 in his last 4 with straight decision victories over Anthony Perosh, Rafael Cavalcante, Ovince St. Preux and Phil Davis.