Former UFC Champ Rashad Evans Explains Why He Decided To Return To MMA Nearly 4 Years After His Last Fight

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is making his return to MMA on Friday at Eagle FC, nearly four years after his last fight.

During the Eagle FC 44 pre-fight press conference, the 42-year-old Evans, who retired after losing five straight fights, explained why he decided to step into the cage one more time.

“I’m a competitor, I love to test myself at the highest level, that’s what has gotten everybody to know who I am, being able to put everything on the line and go out there and test myself, so this is another opportunity to test myself and see what I got.”

Evans isn’t worried about ring rust affecting his performance in his first fight in nearly four years.

“There may come a time where I do feel awkward in there, but for the most part, I don’t feel like it’s nothing that I can’t work through, I feel like in a fight it presents a lot of different variables, but it’s how you handle those variables, I’m a problem solver, so we’ll see what variables come.”

Rashad Evans will face Gabriel Checco on Friday at Eagle FC 44 which will air for free on the FLX app.

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