Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans (19-4-1) is looking to return to title contention while spreading the word of the benefits of mixed martial arts training.
Evans fights American Top Team’s Glover Teixeira (24-4) on Saturday, April 16 in the main event of UFC Fight Night on FOX from the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
During a media tour, Evans stopped by the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie. He told The Roman Show that MMA training is slowly but surely making its way into other sports because of all its positives.
“MMA embodies a lot of disciplines of sports with footwork and with football, especially with the punching technique you get the hand and eye coordination,” he said. “Any position really, you use your hands. You learn how to use your leverage, and that’s the wrestling aspect of it. The scary part of it is that I work with some of these guys, and they are not using their body to full capacity. They have potentially more power.”
Some former college and pro football players crossed over to mixed martial arts with success such as Brendan Schaub and Herschel Walker.
“I didn’t get to spar with them,” he said. “I talked to [new Dolphins] Coach Adam Gase. I want to come back.”
Evans is originally from New York, and although he trains in (South Florida) Boca Raton at the Blackzillians camp, he is a Buffalo Bills fan.
Evans also discussed illegal substance abuse in mixed marital arts, which caused some fighters to drop out of the UFC Fight Night on FOX fight card.
“There’s a lot of stuff out there that we are not allowed to take anymore. Another aspect of it with the label language,” he said. “There’s a lot that can be done to help us fighters get educated. Over time it will get a lot smoother, and fighters will know what they should take. They need to give us a list of supplements we can take. It’s tough trying to get something to help you recover.”
To hear the complete interview, click here.
- UFC Fight Night on FOX
Saturday, April 16
TV: Live on FOX
The main card begins 8 p.m. ET
The prelims start 6 p.m. ET
The UFC Fight Pass early prelims are 4 p.m. ET
- Rodolfo Roman
Freelance Writer/ TV Producer-Reporter
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