Rashad Evans is a well-known name in mixed martial arts. He is a former UFC lightweight champion and is nicknamed “Suga”. He is known for his mental strength and physical techniques and is also considered one of the best lightweight fighters in the UFC promotion. Read this article to learn more about his professional life and other interesting facts about him.
Rashad Evans’ Bio
Rashad Anton Evans was born on September 25, 1979, at Niagara Falls in New York City, New York. He is a well-known American former mixed martial artist. His mother’s name is Shirley Ann Evans and he also has an older brother named Lance Evans. Rashad Evans had his high school education at Niagara Wheatfield High School, where he twice became an All-State Wrestler and from there he entered the wrestling program at the Community College.
He competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships, where he finished fourth. Evans also attended Michigan State University in Niagara County, where he earned a B.Sc. in Psychology in 2003 and participated in the Big Ten Conference for the State of Michigan.
Rashad Evans’ first interest in his childhood was in playing football, but later he decided to take a greater interest in wrestling, which led him to join his college wrestling team. He has a black belt in Ganidojutsu and studied karate as a child. His impressive wrestling ability was discovered by his coach, who helped him train him even harder, and Evans was able to compete internationally with the help of a good coach and hard work.
As a child, he liked to fight because he grew up in a bad neighborhood where fighting was a normal thing and he mostly wrestled with his brother. Before his career in mixed martial arts (MMA) he once worked in the security department of a hospital.
UFC Pro Career
Rashad Evans began his professional career in 2003/2004 when he joined the television show known as “Ultimate Fighter”. The show contributed to his becoming very popular. Before his debut at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Evans decided to lose a few pounds because he thought he would have a better chance of losing weight and competing in the lightweight class.
In 2004, Rashad Evans took part in five professional mixed martial arts fights, winning all five of them, which allowed him to be selected as one of the nine heavyweights competing in Ultimate Fighter 2. He reached the final of the show.
His first fight took place in April 2006 against Sam Hoger, who was in the semi-finals of The Ultimate Fighter’s first season, and Evans was able to win a split decision. They were followed by wins over Stephan Bonnar, Jason Lambert, Sean Salmon, Michael Bisping, Chuck Liddell, and a draw with the UFC Champion in the semi-final in the semi-final against Tito Ortiz.
In December 2008, Evans faced light heavyweight champion Forest Griffin in a title fight. At the end of the fight, he won and became the new UFC light heavyweight champion. Evans was honored with the Rashad Evans Light Heavyweight Champion Day on January 1, 2009, in his hometown of Niagara County, New York City.
The fighter has won many awards during his wrestling career including Gladiator Challenge, Knockout of the Night, Fighter of the Year in Sherdog, and many others. He also appeared in a Microsoft commercial and was a regular commentator on the ESPN show “MMA Live” as well as on the Spike TV show “Deadliest Warrior”. Evans was the second season winner of Spike’s reality show “Ultimate Fighter – Mixed Martial Arts”.
On June 25, 2018, Rashad Evans announced his retirement from the MMA on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show and said that after more than 14 years of wrestling, he could no longer fool himself. He had lost his last five fights. The former light and heavyweight champion said he did not want to step down as a loser and life needed him for other things, although he was unhappy with the end of his career. He said recent results have proven that it is necessary for him to continue.
What is His Net Worth?
After a 14-year wrestling career, he’s amassed a fortune that will serve him well in retirement. According to Forbes, the former mixed martial arts fighter’s net worth is estimated at $8.5 million.
Family – Married, Wife, Kids
Rashad Evans is divorced. He was married to LaToya Evans in 2007 before they were divorced in 2012. The marriage produced two children – a girl and a boy – named Nia Evans and Rashad Anton Evans Jr. However, Evans already had a daughter (Tahja Evans) from a previous relationship and is said to have had a son in 2015, bringing the number of children to four.
Other Facts To Know About Rashad Evans
In 2005, he joined the Michigan State Wrestling Team and served as a volunteer assistant coach.
Rashad Evans also played football and served as both running back and safety.
His older brother Lance also appeared in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs.
Evans is not very tall, he is 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) tall.
He competed in The Ultimate Fighter as the shortest and second-lightest of the participants, but still reached the final.