Niagara Gazette


February 3, 2013

PARRINO: Rashad Evans has lost his way


Niagara Gazette — Saturday's loss against an out of shape, inferior Nogueira is all the evidence I need to prove that Evans has lost his will to fight. He doesn't engage opponents — consistently staying on the outside after he in unsuccessful at a takedown or two — essentially employing a fight-not-to-lose game plan. It's boring and tends to equate to a lot of decisions, which Evans has piled up.

A win on Saturday would have elevated Evans to a title fight with Anderson Silva, according to reports that surfaced prior to the bout. 

With that opportunity now gone and a likely fall down the ladder of contenders in both weight classes (185 and 205), the Niagara Falls native must decide if he still wants to be a fighter. 

If the answer is yes, he would be well served to destroy the tape of Saturday's horrible excuse for a fight and maybe think about trying to rekindle his passion for the sport. If it's no, I'd prefer he not take a spot away from a fighter that is actually going to make the $55 pay per view price tag worth it to the majority of the fan base.

Find Tonawanda News sports editor Matt Parrino on Twitter @MattParrino.

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