Rashad Evans is coming out of retirement.
Now 41-years-old, the former UFC light heavyweight champion looks to return not in MMA, but to be part of that growing trend of UFC stars switching over to boxing. Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort and Tyron Woodley are all set for their boxing matches, and it looks like Evans plans to join his fellow former UFC champions in trying to net a better payday in another sport.
According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Evans is targeting bouts against YouTuber Logan Paul, or retired boxing great Roy Jones Jr.
Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) is coming out of retirement, per his manager Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00). Discussions are already underway for his return. Not surprising, considering the climate of combat sports right now. Targeted opponents include Logan Paul and Roy Jones.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 19, 2021
Evans, who was inducted to the UFC Hall-of-Fame in 2019, started his UFC career by winning The Ultimate Fighter’s second season in 2005, and eventually won the light heavyweight title back in 2008.
He certainly has a nice resume, but Evans’ MMA career ended with seven losses in his last nine fights, including five straight defeats before he retired. He last competed in 2018, where he was knocked out by Anthony Smith.
Evans’ last win was all the way back in 2013, when he TKO’d Chael Sonnen.