Evans opens up ahead of UFC 133
Rashad Evans might be nicknamed Sugar. But over the past year, it's as if he's been stuck to the inside of the shaker. After beating Rampage Jackson at UFC 114 in the spring of 2010, Jackson, a former light heavyweight champ, has been a cipher. He's gotten hurt and pulled out of fights. Opponents have gotten hurt and pulled out of fights. A bout against Shogun Rua was scrapped, as was a rematch against Lyoto Machida, as was a fight against promising Phil Davis. Evans was reluctant to face former stablemate, Jon Jones. Now he wants nothing more than to fight Jones. He left a gym in New Mexico and decamped to Florida.
Finally, after 14-month absence, Evans, 32, gets back in the Octagon on Saturday night (9 p.m. ET, PPV). In the headline bout of UFC 133 in Philadelphia, he fights Tito Ortiz, a rematch of their unsatisfying 2007 draw. He took a break from training last week to speak with SI.com.