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When former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad "Suga" Evans visited the Beyond the Cage headquarters, his captivating personality and infectious smile lit up the office and the staff couldn't wait to take pictures with him. Beyond the Cage was a proud sponsor of Evans' rematch with Tito Ortiz at UFC 133 and looks forward to working with him on many upcoming projects.
Evans is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Sherdog, MMAWeekly and Yahoo Sports all currently rank Evans as the number 2 Light Heavyweight fighter in the world. He holds notable victories over Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Thiago Silva, Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, Michael Bisping and Chuck Liddell.
Beginning in 2004, after a successful high school and college wrestling career, Evans competed in five professional MMA fights, winning all five. This led to his selection as one of the nine heavyweights to compete on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter Season 2, which he won despite being the shortest, the second lightest of the nine heavyweight competitors and the underdog in every fight. After winning on the show and being awarded a UFC contract, Evans dropped down to light heavyweight.
On January 2nd, 2010 only hours before his fight with Thiago Silva at UFC 108, Evans was awarded his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt by Rolles Gracie. Evans went on to win that fight by unanimous decision, beating Silva who is also a BJJ black belt.
Evans trains at Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Florida, a new camp he co-founded with several Brazilian fighters. Later, several other Black fighters joined the camp, and as a result, the camp's members are known as "Blackzilians."
Evans championships and awards include Gladiator Challenge Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner, UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, The Ultimate Fighter 2 Heavyweight Tournament Winner, Two time Knockout of the Night Honors, Fight of the Night Honors, Sherdog's 2008 Fighter of the Year and 2008 Knockout of the Year against Chuck Liddell.