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Evans Close to Retiring After Brutal KO Loss?

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Rashad Evans graciously met with members of the media in Tampa Saturday, after getting knocked out by Glover Teixeira at UFC on FOX’s main event. Despite having recently recovered from knee surgeries and a two-year-long layoff, the former champion said he had no excuses for losing.

“Physically, I feel good. was just a rattled, at first. my body feels good, my knee feels good. I felt like I had a good bounce going early,” Evans said.

“I felt like everything was on point. I have no excuses physically speaking. he just caught me with a good punch. No excuses.”

Early on, Evans said he believed he could take on Brazilian Teixeira’s hellacious punching power. “I felt like I could handle it,” he admitted.

“When he sat down on that left hook I didn’t know the fight was over until [referee] Herb Dean was in my face.”

Though despite putting out an honest effort, Evans admitted to being in a bad place mentally post-fight.

“I sit here and I’m embarrassed and disappointed,” he said.

“I’ve been in this sport for awhile. I’ve been at the top and I’m riding a real low right now. When you’re at this point right now, you have to re-evaluate everything. I don’t want to lose hope and lose heart. This is what I like to do … At the end of the day, something has got to change. I’ve got to do something better. It’s embarrassing, it’s sad. Welcome to being a fighter.”

Though Evans went on to say that it was too soon to know what exactly he intends to change in his career. “It’s hard to make a decision on what needs to change, fresh after an embarrassing loss,” he continued.

“It’s not easy but I think that, given some time sitting back, deciding where I feel good at what’s best for me, I can make the right decision on what needs to change.”

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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.