Yesterday, Rashad Evans called time on a fourteen year career inside mixed martial arts.
A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Evans starred in some of the most iconic feuds in the UFC, including rivalries with Jon Jones and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. His stunning knockout win in 2008 over Chuck Liddell will forever be included on UFC highlight reels.
With Evans heading into retirement, he received a number of plaudits from his fellow fighters. Check them out below:
A definite changing of the guard is upon us again, some of the names that helped build & push this sport to its current heights. Belfort, Bisping, Rashad etc. Excited for the future as new stars always emerge but can’t ever underestimate the importance & impact of these guys.
— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) June 25, 2018
Much respect for @SugaRashadEvans A legend of the sport! Have a good retirement!
— Glaico França NEGO (@glaiconego) June 26, 2018
@sugarashadevans retired today. Congrats on an amazing career my brother. I said recently that one of the best things about my fight career were the relationships and friendship I made along the way and Rashad is among one of the best people That I have met through MMA. Congrats once again my friend and I’m glad we got to share the octagon back in 2007 #respect we were both undefeated at 15-0 at this point, both ultimate fighter winners and both went on to become world champions. Pretty cool.
— UFC (@ufc) June 26, 2018
Congratulations on such an amazing career @sugarashadevans , as fan it’s been pleasure to watch and support, as friend what professional in and out the Octagon, that in all sports people… https://t.co/ihN37sTQHw
— Flex Lewis (@Flex_Lewis) June 25, 2018
— Chris Tickle (@badboytickle) June 25, 2018
— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) June 25, 2018