Rashad Evans

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Rashad Evans
BornRashad Anton Evans
(1979-09-25) September 25, 1979 (age 39)
Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Other namesSuga
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) [1]
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Division Middleweight (2017)
Light Heavyweight (2004–2016, 2018)
Heavyweight (2005)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
Style Wrestling, Gaidojutsu
Fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida, United States
TeamCombat Club
RankBlack belt in no gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rolles Gracie [2] [3]
Black belt in Gaidojutsu [4]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active2003–2018
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission2
By decision10
By knockout3
By decision5
Other information
Occupation MMA fighter
University Michigan State University
Niagara County C.C.
Notable relativesLance Evans, brother
Notable school(s) Niagara-Wheatfield High School
Website http://www.rashadevans.tv/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 22, 2011

Rashad Anton Evans (born September 25, 1979) [5] is an American retired mixed martial artist. Evans started his professional career in 2003, he was the Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2 and is also a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

Mixed martial arts full contact combat sport

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from various combat sports and martial arts. The first documented use of the term mixed martial arts was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg in 1993. The term gained popularity when newfullcontact.com, then one of the largest websites covering the sport, hosted and republished the article. The question of who actually coined the term is subject to debate.

The heavyweight division in mixed martial arts (MMA) generally groups fighters between 206–265 lb (93.4–120.2 kg).

The Ultimate Fighter 2 was the second season of the mixed martial arts reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. The season featured a heavyweight and a welterweight division, with 9 fighters initially in each division. The UFC coaches for this season were welterweight and middleweight champions Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin. Season 1 coach and former UFC champion Randy Couture hosted and designed the team challenge segments, which if won would allow the winning team to pair a fighter from their team against another in elimination matches. The finale aired on November 5, 2005, and it set a ratings record for the UFC with a 2.0 overall rating. This season featured no coaches' fight because Hughes and Franklin had refused to fight each other, owing to their friendship. Although released on DVD in 2005, it has been set for re-release on September 18, 2007.


Wrestling career

Wrestling out of Niagara-Wheatfield High School in Sanborn, New York, Evans twice made it to the state finals tournament of New York by winning his weight class for his county, in which he received All-State honors both times. In 1997 he placed 4th in the state at 145 pounds. In 1998 he placed 4th in the state at 171 pounds. In 1999 he entered the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships for the 165 pound weight class in which he finished in 4th place. Competing once again at this tournament in 2000, he was the champion of the 165 pound weight class.

Wrestling form of combat sport involving grappling type techniques

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling-type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. The sport can either be theatrical for entertainment, or genuinely competitive. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position. There are a wide range of styles with varying rules with both traditional historic and modern styles. Wrestling techniques have been incorporated into other martial arts as well as military hand-to-hand combat systems.

Sanborn, New York human settlement in New York, United States of America

Sanborn is a hamlet in the Towns of Cambria, Lewiston, and Wheatfield, New York, USA, on the southern side of the intersection of New York State Route 429 and New York State Route 31. Originally called South Pekin after the formerly thriving hamlet of Pekin to the north, Sanborn was renamed in 1866 after Ebenezer Sanborn. The ZIP code for Sanborn is 14132.

Moving on to the NCAA Division I wrestling, Evans competed for Michigan State, in the Big Ten conference. In 2002 he finished in 4th place in the conference championships, losing a decision to fellow future UFC competitor Jacob Volkmann in the third place match. In addition to Volkmann, this 174 pound weight class also saw more future UFC competitors with Gerald Harris and Josh Koscheck competing in it this year. In 2003, Evans again competed in the 174 pound weight class, capturing 3rd place in the Big Ten Championships. Entering the NCAA Division 1 championships on top of this 3rd-place finish, Evans won his opening match before losing a close 3–0 decision to the eventual national champion, Robbie Waller. Staying alive through the consolation bracket Evans pinned his next opponent before being matched up with legend Greg Jones, a 3x National Champion who would finish his college career with a record of 126–4. Evans won the match via 3–2 decision, becoming one of only 4 people to defeat Jones in his college career. Evans lost his next match, which would have qualified him for All-American status, in a close 3–2 decision, ending his college career. He finished his career at Michigan State with a record of 48 wins and 34 losses. [6] [7] [8]

NCAA Division I highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

Jacob Joseph Volkmann is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, Volkmann has formerly competed for the UFC, Bellator, and the World Series of Fighting.

Gerald Harris is a retired American mixed martial artist and current stand-up comedian, who most recently fought in Bellator. He was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter 7 and has also competed in World Series of Fighting, the UFC, DREAM, the Portland Wolfpack in the IFL, Shark Fights, Tachi Palace Fights, and Legacy Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts

Early career

In 2004, under the tutelage of future UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn, [9] Evans competed in five professional mixed martial arts fights, winning all five. This led to his selection as one of the nine heavyweights to compete on The Ultimate Fighter 2 , a reality TV series on Spike. The season began airing on August 22, 2005, culminating in a live finale between the final two fighters of each weight division, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 5, 2005. Rashad Evans is also a black belt in Gaidojutsu and BJJ, and studied karate as a child.

UFC Hall of Fame Honors mixed martial artists and MMA personalities

The UFC Hall of Fame is a hall of fame which honors mixed martial artists and MMA personalities, established and maintained by the U.S.-based mixed martial arts promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the UFC Hall of Fame recognizes accomplishments from Pride Fighting Championships, World Extreme Cagefighting and Strikeforce; all of which are former mixed martial arts promotions that have been bought-out by the UFC and its parent corporations.

Dan Severn American All-American wrestler, professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter

Daniel DeWayne "Dan" Severn is an American semi-retired mixed martial artist, professional wrestler and occasional actor. A UFC Hall of Fame member, Severn is considered one of the leading pioneers of mixed martial arts and the first true world-class wrestler to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is best known for his success in the early years of the UFC where he became the first and only UFC Triple Crown champion and the only man to win a world title and a tournament, having won the UFC Superfight Championship and the 1995 Ultimate Ultimate tournament. Severn has also competed in King of the Cage, PRIDE FC, Cage Rage, WEC, RINGS and MFC, and holds a professional MMA Record of 101–19–7.

Karate Martial art

Karate (空手) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts under the influence of Chinese Kung Fu, particularly Fujian White Crane. Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands and palm-heel strikes. Historically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints and vital-point strikes are also taught. A karate practitioner is called a karateka (空手家).

The Ultimate Fighter

At 5 feet 10.5 inches (1.791 m) and 225 pounds (102 kg), Evans was the shortest and the second-lightest of the nine heavyweight competitors. [10] He was considered the underdog in each of his fights, but made it to the finals by defeating Tom Murphy, Mike Whitehead, and Keith Jardine all by decision. During his tenure on the show, Evans was criticized by opposing coach Matt Hughes for his showboating during fights, but the two eventually settled their differences, and Hughes even cornered Evans for his semifinal bout. In the finale, Evans defeated 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Brad Imes by split decision, thus winning a three-year, six-figure contract with the UFC and a brand new car. After The Ultimate Fighter, Evans joined Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting camp along with fellow competitor Keith Jardine, who would eventually become his training partner and good friend.

Michael Joe Whitehead is a former professional mixed martial artist. He competed in the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight weight classes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, IFL, Affliction, and Strikeforce.

Keith Jardine American actor and mixed martial arts fighter

Keith Hector Jardine is an American actor and retired mixed martial artist who most notably competed in the UFC and Strikeforce. Jardine was known for upset victories in bouts he took at short notice against highly rated fighters. His best wins were in contests with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions and UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin. Jardine's unorthodox attacking style wrongfooted opponents, but left him vulnerable in some career-crucial contests, and by his mid-30s he had effectively retired from competing to concentrate on a 'Paleo' business venture. Building on experience as a stuntman and in non-speaking parts, Jardine has established himself as an actor in film and television.

Matt Hughes (fighter) American UFC Hall of Famer, wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter

Matthew Allen Hughes is a retired American mixed martial artist with a background in wrestling. He is a two-time UFC Welterweight Champion, UFC Hall of Fame inductee, and NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee. During his tenures in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Hughes put together two separate six-fight winning streaks, defeated all the available opposition in the welterweight division, and defended the belt a then-record seven times. Hughes was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in May 2010 during the UFC Fan Expo in conjunction with UFC 114.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Undefeated streak

Evans dropped down to light heavyweight after the show, deciding he would have a better chance of success in a lower weight class. [11] His first fight under the contract took place on April 6, 2006 against Sam Hoger, who had been a semi-finalist on The Ultimate Fighter 1 . Evans defeated Hoger via split decision despite nearly falling victim to a kimura submission at the end of the second round. [12]

Samuel Earl Hoger is an American mixed martial artist, Poker player, and an actor, most notable for appearing on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television series produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and broadcast on Spike TV Hoger has trained with Miletich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf, Iowa and is belted in the Miletich Fighting Systems. Hoger is currently teaching and training out of Hoger Mixed Martial Arts in Houston, TX.

The debut season of The Ultimate Fighter premiered on January 17, 2005. Sixteen mixed martial arts fighters were invited to participate in the show where they resided together and trained in two separate teams coached by UFC light heavyweight fighters Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture. The teams competed in physical challenges, segments hosted by singer Willa Ford, to determine which had the right to pair one of their fighters against an opponent of their choice in the same weight class, with the loser being eliminated.

Evans followed with a victory by majority decision over The Ultimate Fighter 1 finalist Stephan Bonnar on June 28, 2006. Evans maintained control throughout the fight with repeated take downs, including a number of slams in the center of the cage and went on to secure the victory. [13]

Three months later, Evans faced Jason Lambert at UFC 63 . Lambert, riding an eight-fight win streak, was seen as Evans' first real test at 205 pounds. Evans controlled the fight from early on, and knocked Lambert out with punches from the mount in the second round. It was his first stoppage victory in over two years.

Evans next headlined UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Salmon against UFC newcomer Sean Salmon, a highly decorated collegiate wrestler who held a 9–1 professional record. Though Salmon had won the first round by scoring two takedowns, Evans came back with a head kick knockout early in the second round. Salmon remained motionless for several minutes after the fight and was eventually carried out on a stretcher to a local hospital. The kick came to the surprise of many fans who had previously considered Evans a one-dimensional wrestler. [14]

At UFC 73 , Evans squared off against former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz. The two competitors fought to a draw as all three judges scored the bout 28–28. Ortiz had won two out of three rounds on all scorecards, but was docked a point for holding the cage fence to defend against a takedown by Evans. [15] Immediately after the fight, Ortiz asked for a rematch. At a press conference following UFC 73, UFC President Dana White promised a rematch, which for various reasons due to with scheduling the fight, didn't occur until 4 years later at UFC 133 .

Unable to get a rematch with Ortiz due to scheduling issues, Evans made his debut as a headliner on a pay-per-view event at UFC 78 instead, against fellow undefeated fighter and The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Michael Bisping. After three close rounds, Evans came out on top on two of the judges' scorecards, winning by split decision. This fight marked Bisping's first loss and his final bout in the light heavyweight division. After his win over Bisping, Evans drastically changed his fighting style, which he kept secret until his fight against UFC Legend Chuck Liddell.

Evans vs. Liddell

Entering the fight as a very heavy underdog, Evans shocked the world by knocking out former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in brutal fashion at UFC 88 . Liddell threw an uppercut that Evans countered with an overhand right, landing flush. Liddell remained unconscious for several minutes before finally walking out of the cage under his own power. The knockout was awarded knockout of the year by Sherdog for 2008. Evans had previously been scheduled to face Liddell at UFC 85 as a replacement for the injured Mauricio Rua. When Liddell pulled out of the event due to an injured hamstring, [16] Evans was matched with James Irvin. When Irvin pulled out after breaking his foot, the fight was removed from the card altogether. [17] After the fight, UFC President Dana White confirmed in the post-event press conference that Evans' next fight would be a title shot against newly crowned light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 92 . [18]

Winning the Light Heavyweight Championship

On December 27, 2008 at UFC 92 , Evans faced champion Forrest Griffin for the UFC Light Heavyweight belt. [19] Griffin controlled most of the first two rounds with effective striking and low kicks. In the third round, however, Evans caught a low kick and countered with a straight right hand that dropped Griffin. Evans followed Griffin to the ground and eventually managed to finish the stunned champion with punches inside Griffin's guard. With the victory, Evans became the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. It capped off a year in which Evans won Fighter of the Year honors from Sherdog.com.

Losing the title

Evans's first defense of the UFC Light Heavyweight title against challenger Lyoto Machida ended in a knockout. During a flurry of punches from Machida, Evans started trash talking Machida telling him 'his hands were made of pillows'. Machida continued his onslaught, knocking the champion out. Evans' timely photograph of his face during the knockout became an infamous meme called "Shad face" amongst MMA fans. [20] This was the first loss of his career and the 15th straight win of Lyoto Machida's career. [21] [22] Then, Evans went on to coach against Rampage Jackson in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights . Evans was scheduled to fight Jackson on December 12, 2009 at UFC 107 , but this was canceled due to Jackson being cast for the A-Team movie. [23] On September 22, 2009, Jackson wrote in a blog on his website that he is "done fighting" because of events that occurred between Jackson and Dana White, the president of the UFC. Thiago Silva was named as Evans' next opponent at UFC 108 .

Back into title contention

Evans fought Thiago Silva in the main event of UFC 108 on January 2, 2010. [24] Dana White was quoted as saying that if Evans could defeat Thiago Silva at UFC 108, then he would go on to face Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. [25] During the Spike TV broadcast of the UFC 108 preliminary card, Evans confirmed that he received his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Rolles Gracie that morning. [26] [27] Evans would go on to defeat Thiago Silva – another BJJ black belt – by unanimous decision. Deviating from his usual standing and striking, Evans displayed his grappling skills with numerous takedowns that frustrated Silva throughout the match, but Evans failed to damage Silva substantially while on the ground. [28] In the third round, after severely mocking his opponent's fighting style with various taunts, Silva connected with a right hook to Evans' jaw, rocking him. Silva hesitated in finishing Evans off in order to return the taunting, however, and Evans was able to recover leading to a UD win. [29] [30] Evans was expected to finally face rival Quinton Jackson at UFC 113, [29] but the bout took place on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114. [30]

Evans caught Jackson with a right hand early in the first round and throughout the rest of the fight tried to take Jackson down, succeeding three times out of nine. In the third round Evans was hurt by Jackson but recovered and ended the final round with another takedown and strikes on the ground. The judges scored the bout 30–27, 30–27, 29–28 giving Evans the unanimous decision. Afterwards UFC President Dana White then officially confirmed that Evans would square off against Maurício Rua for the UFC Light Heavyweight title, [31] but not until mid-Spring or early-Summer of 2011 as Rua recovered from knee surgery. [32] The fight was then booked for the main event of UFC 128 when the UFC returned to Newark, New Jersey. [33]

Following Evans's training partner Jon Jones's victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 126, it was announced that Evans injured his knee during training. Jones was then told in his post-fight interview that the UFC wanted him to replace Evans in his fight against Mauricio Rua for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Jones accepted and the fight was set for UFC 128. [34] It was then expected that if Jones won, he would face Evans in his first title defense. [35]

During a UFC 128 post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani, Evans stated that he was done training at Jackson's Martial Arts in preparation for his fight with Jon Jones. [36] He then commenced training at Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Florida, at a new camp co-founded by Evans and several Brazilian fighters who had concomitantly left American Top Team due to a dispute over management services; these were later joined by some African-American fighters, and as a result the camp's members became known colloquially as the "Blackzilians", especially on Twitter. Evans gave further insight to MMAWeekly about his leaving Jackson's Submission Fighting, "When you get to a certain point, you really need a lot of time (with the coaches)… make sure you get the one-on-one, and you just need different things," he explained. "After being at Jackson's for a while, with so many people at the gym, it just got harder and harder for me to get that time." [37]

Evans/Jones was expected to take place on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133, but Jones was sidelined with a hand injury. Evans was expected to face rising prospect Phil Davis at the event instead. [38] [39] A title fight between José Aldo and Chad Mendes was delayed, so the UFC promoted Evans vs. Davis to serve as the main event. However, with less than four weeks until the event, Davis pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury. A rematch with Tito Ortiz was scheduled to headline the event. [40] Evans defeated Ortiz at UFC 133 via TKO in the second round. The victory secured Evans a title shot against Jones.

Evans and Jones were rumoured to finally clash on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. [41] However, a lingering thumb injury cost Evans another title opportunity, and he was replaced by Lyoto Machida to fight Jon Jones for the belt at UFC 140. [42] Jones retained the Light Heavyweight belt, defeating the challenger Machida, which left open the possibility of a future fight between Evans and Jones for the title.

Evans faced Phil Davis on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. [43] He won the fight via unanimous decision. Evans out-wrestled the former division one national wrestling champion landing numerous takedowns throughout the fight.

In his second title shot, Evans, at long last, faced UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145. [44] Evans lost to Jones via unanimous decision.

In his first post-title shot fight, Evans faced Antônio Rogério Nogueira in the co-main event at UFC 156 on February 2, 2013. Nogueira won the fight via unanimous decision. [45]

Evans faced Dan Henderson on June 15, 2013 in the main event at UFC 161. [46] He won the fight by split decision.

Evans faced Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in a Light Heavyweight bout on November 16, 2013 in the co-main event of the evening. [47] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Injuries and Rehabilitation

Evans was expected to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014. [48] However, a leg injury knocked him off the card just 10 days before the event. [49] Originally expected to be out for a month, Evans was instead sidelined indefinitely. [50]

Evans was linked to a potential bout with Alexander Gustafsson on January 24, 2015 at UFC on Fox 14. [51] However, Evans announced was not ready to accept a fight during that time frame as he was still rehabilitating a lingering knee injury. [52]

Evans was expected to face Glover Teixeira on February 22, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 61. [53] However, on January 7, Teixeira pulled out of the bout citing a slow to heal knee injury that he had sustained in his last fight. In turn, Evans was removed from the event entirely. A heavyweight bout between Antônio Silva and Frank Mir, previously scheduled for UFC 184, took place a week earlier and headlined the event. [54]

Evans announced in mid-February 2015 that he expected to be sidelined an additional six to sevens months after undergoing another knee surgery and hoped to return by the end of 2015. [55]

Evans faced Ryan Bader on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192. [56] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. [57]

A long discussed bout against Maurício Rua was rescheduled and was expected to take place on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19. [58] However, Rua was pulled from the fight on March 9 in favor of a matchup with Corey Anderson a couple of weeks later at UFC 198 and was replaced by former title challenger Glover Teixeira. [59] [60] Evans lost the fight via knockout in the first round. [61]

Drop to Middleweight and retirement

Evans was expected to face Tim Kennedy in a middleweight bout on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205. [62] However, on November 8, Evans was pulled from the fight after an undisclosed irregularity was found during his pre-fight medical exam. Subsequently, Kennedy was removed from the card as well. [63] [64] The bout was quickly rescheduled and was expected to take place a month later at UFC 206. [65] Once again, Evans was unable to obtain medical clearance to compete on the card and was pulled from the bout on November 21. An irregularity in his pre-fight tests was responsible for both removals and he is expected to undergo an additional screening with an neurologist to prove he is healthy enough to fight, before possibly returning to the cage in January or February, according to his manager. [66] The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen middleweight winner Kelvin Gastelum was his eventual replacement on the card. [67]

Evans faced Dan Kelly on March 4, 2017 at UFC 209. [68] He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision. [69]

Evans faced Sam Alvey on August 5, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 114. [70] He lost the fight by split decision. [71]

Evans faced Anthony Smith in a light heavyweight bout on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225. [72] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round. [73]

On June 25, 2018, Evans announced his retirement from MMA. [74]

Personal life

Evans and his ex-wife [75] have one son and a daughter. [76] He also has a daughter from a previous relationship [77] and a son who was born in 2015.

Evans's brother Lance made a brief appearance on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir , but was eliminated by Vinicius Magalhaes due to a rib injury and did not join the cast. [78]

Evans has appeared in a Microsoft commercial, where he says the lines, "You got a problem with that!" and "I'm a PC!", while sparring with an unidentified opponent. [79] Evans was a frequent commentator on the ESPN show MMA Live. Evans also made an appearance on Spike TV's show Deadliest Warrior. In the episode, Evans easily pierces a pig carcass with the xyston similar to one used by Alexander the Great, and crushed a gel torso's throat with an elbow. [77]

Championships and awards

Mixed martial arts

Amateur wrestling

Mixed martial arts record

Loss19–8–1 Anthony Smith KO (knee) UFC 225 June 9, 201810:53 Chicago, Illinois, United StatesReturn to Light Heavyweight.
Loss19–7–1 Sam Alvey Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno August 5, 201735:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Loss19–6–1 Daniel Kelly Decision (split) UFC 209 March 4, 201735:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesMiddleweight debut.
Loss19–5–1 Glover Teixeira KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 201611:48 Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss19–4–1 Ryan Bader Decision (unanimous) UFC 192 October 3, 201535:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win19–3–1 Chael Sonnen TKO (punches) UFC 167 November 16, 201314:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win18–3–1 Dan Henderson Decision (split) UFC 161 June 15, 201335:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss17–3–1 Antônio Rogério Nogueira Decision (unanimous) UFC 156 February 2, 201335:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss17–2–1 Jon Jones Decision (unanimous) UFC 145 April 21, 201255:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United StatesFor the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win17–1–1 Phil Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis January 28, 201255:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States UFC Light Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win16–1–1 Tito Ortiz TKO (knee to the body and punches) UFC 133 August 6, 201124:48 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win15–1–1 Quinton Jackson Decision (unanimous) UFC 114 May 29, 201035:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win14–1–1 Thiago Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 108 January 2, 201035:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss13–1–1 Lyoto Machida KO (punches) UFC 98 May 23, 200923:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesLost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win13–0–1 Forrest Griffin TKO (punches) UFC 92 December 27, 200832:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win12–0–1 Chuck Liddell KO (punch) UFC 88 September 6, 200821:51 Atlanta, Georgia, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Win11–0–1 Michael Bisping Decision (split) UFC 78 November 17, 200735:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Draw10–0–1 Tito Ortiz Draw (unanimous) UFC 73 July 7, 200735:00 Sacramento, California, United StatesOrtiz was deducted a point in round 2 for grabbing the fence.
Win10–0 Sean Salmon KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: Evans vs. Salmon January 25, 200721:06 Hollywood, Florida, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Win9–0 Jason Lambert KO (punches) UFC 63 September 23, 200622:22 Anaheim, California, United States
Win8–0 Stephan Bonnar Decision (majority) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 June 28, 200635:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win7–0 Sam Hoger Decision (split) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 April 6, 200635:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesReturn to Light Heavyweight.
Win6–0 Brad Imes Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale November 5, 200535:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon The Ultimate Fighter 2 Heavyweight Tournament.
Win5–0Jaime JaraDecision (unanimous)GC 27: FightFest 2June 3, 200435:00 Colusa, California, United StatesWon the Gladiator Challenge Light Heavyweight Tournament.
Win4–0 Hector Ramirez Decision (unanimous)GC 27: FightFest 2June 3, 200425:00 Colusa, California, United States
Win3–0Bryan PardoeTKO (punches)GC 26: FightFest 1June 2, 200413:24 Colusa, California, United States
Win2–0Danny AndersonTKO (punches)Dangerzone: Cage FightingApril 10, 200413:09 Osceola, Iowa, United States
Win1–0Dennis ReedSubmission (anaconda choke)Dangerzone: Cage FightingApril 10, 200410:50 Osceola, Iowa, United States
Win3–0 Keith Jardine Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 2 October 31, 2005 (air date)35:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesTUF 2 Semi-finals bout.
Win2–0 Mike Whitehead Decision (unanimous)October 17, 2005 (air date)35:00TUF 2 Quarter-finals bout.
Win1–0Tom MurphyDecision (unanimous)September 19, 2005 (air date)35:00TUF 2 elimination round.

Pay-per-view bouts

DateMain eventBillingBuys
7 July 2007Ortiz vs. Evans (co) UFC 73 425,000
17 November 2007Evans vs. Bisping UFC 78 400,000
6 September 2008Liddell vs. Evans UFC 88 480,000
27 December 2008Griffin vs. Evans UFC 92 1,000,000
23 May 2009Evans vs. Machida UFC 98 635,000
2 January 2010Evans vs. Silva UFC 108 300,000
29 May 2010Rampage vs. Evans UFC 114 1,050,000
6 August 2011Evans vs. Ortiz UFC 133 310,000
21 April 2012Jones vs. Evans UFC 145 700,000
2 February 2013Evans vs. Nogueira (co) UFC 156 330,000
15 June 2013Evans vs. Henderson UFC 161 140,000
16 November 2013Evans vs. Sonnen (co) UFC 167 630,000

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Daniel Jeffery Henderson is an American former mixed martial artist and Olympic wrestler, who last competed as a middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the last Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and was the last Welterweight and Middleweight champion of Pride Fighting Championships. Additionally, Henderson was the Brazil Open '97 Tournament Champion, the UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament Champion, the Rings: King of Kings 1999 Tournament Champion and the Pride Weltwerweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion. During his career, Henderson also challenged for the UFC Middleweight Championship (2x), the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship. He was the first mixed martial artist to concurrently hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion. At the time of his retirement after UFC 204, he was the oldest fighter on the UFC roster. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, having defeated a total of twenty-one MMA world champions across four major MMA promotions.

Maurício Rua Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter

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Lyoto Machida Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter

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Chael Sonnen American professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter

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UFC 94 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2009

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UFC 98 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2009

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UFC 113 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2010

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UFC 114 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2010

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UFC 128 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2011

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UFC 133 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2011

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UFC 140 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2011

UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on December 10, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was the penultimate event for the UFC in 2011. The event featured eight bouts televised internationally, seven preliminary bouts aired on cable in the United States and Canada, and three preliminary bouts streamed live on Facebook.

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Preceded by
Forrest Griffin
9th UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
December 27, 2008 – May 23, 2009
Succeeded by
Lyoto Machida