ByJustin Golightly, writer at Creators.co
Design wizard. MMA mathematician. Lifelong martial artiste. Justin Golightly is a lover of the fighting sports and writes for Middle Easy.
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After #RashadEvans was pulled off of #UFC205, we all mourned, then quickly realized the MMA Gods must make sacrifices sometimes. That was, until we saw how the man looked.

Evans looked incredible. He was disappointed; #TimKennedy was disappointed and angry. But, at least Evans looked great and felt he met the weight he should have been at for awhile.

“I feel absolutely amazing. Training camp was beyond amazing. I wish I did make the drop sooner, to be honest," Evans said to MMA Mania. "That’s the thing about it, it goes to show ego and pride."

"At one point, I actually thought it would be in my best interest, physically speaking, after going with some of the monsters at 205, that maybe I should drop weight classes, but my pride got in the way," Evans said. "And it was like, ‘Well, if I go down now, it will only look like I’m going down because I lost.’ But the reality of the situation was, I needed to go down."

If the results of "Suga" Rashad Evans dropping the literal sugar ended up being as good in the Octagon as he looked physically, then he probably should've dropped the weight way sooner. The Bruce Lee-esque Evans really did look ten years younger.

"Everything that came along with making me a 185-pounder has been great for me, physically speaking," Evans said. "Because, as I’m bringing my body physically closer to 185, everything in my life has to follow the path, so then I was actually more focused and more about what I should be about, instead of being about all the nonsense.”

Evans and Kennedy will pick up where they left off at #UFC205, and will fight each other on the #UFC206 card. Thanks to some of those unfortunate events on that big New York card, the UFC 206 line-up actually shaped up to be really solid.

Here's what UFC 206 looks like:

  • Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson
  • Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown
  • Tim Kennedy vs. Rashad Evans
  • Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi
  • Nikita Krylov vs. Misha Cirkunov
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober
  • Valérie Létourneau vs. Viviane Pereira
  • John Makdessi vs. Lando Vannata
  • Jason Saggo vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Mitch Gagnon vs. Matthew Lopez
  • Zach Makovsky vs. Dustin Ortiz

Watch a slim Rashad Evans training before UFC 205.