"I would rather have been able to stay active and fight (Mauricio "Shogun" Rua) pretty close after my last fight but with him having the knee surgery it’s gonna be pretty much out of the question. Then it becomes about, should I wait to fight for the belt or should I fight just to fight? ... My motivation to fight is to be the best and to be the champion."
"I think I just have to go right at him. I think I can’t try to move around too much or try to get away from him because he will find me, because he is a very aggressive striker. So, I can be aggressive too."
"I think there’s a possibility for me to knock him out, I mean that is what I hope to do. That’ll be great to knock him out. That would be my aim to try to knock him out, but you know if I catch him or something it would probably be off his aggression. I’ll see if I can capitalize on him coming in."
"Styles make fights and having so much time off I don’t really know the kind of Rua I’m going to go against when I meet him and he doesn’t know who he’s going to go against. So, what the perceived advantages of me right now are, are not necessarily what they are going to be when I meet him in May."
-- Check out the full interview with Rashad Evans at mmavalor.com.
Rashad "Suga" Evans (15-1-1)
Win Quinton Jackson - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 114
Win Thiago Silva - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 108
Loss Lyoto Machida - KO (Punches) UFC 98
Win Forrest Griffin - TKO (Punches) UFC 92
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (19-4)
Win Lyoto Machida - KO (Punches) UFC 113
Loss Lyoto Machida - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 104
Win Chuck Liddell - TKO (Punches) UFC 97
Win Mark Coleman- TKO (Punches) UFC 93