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After knee injury and setbacks, Rashad Evans says he drew inspiration from Dominick Cruz

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Rashad Evans has competed just once in the last two-and-a-half years, and that one performance wasn’t particularly stirring. Evans, who blew out his knee ahead of his scheduled fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 170, returned after a nearly two-year absence against Ryan Bader at UFC 192 in Houston this past October, and dropped a listless decision.

Heading into his next bout — a co-main event against Glover Teixeira at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa on April 16 — “Suga” says he just didn’t feel like himself in there again Bader, and there were plenty of factors that played into that.

“I think it was a little bit the layoff, but for the most part I don’t think I was ready to step into the cage as far as having the trust in my knee that I need to have,” Evans said during an interview on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I went out there and I was hoping that I could return to my old movement. My movement was a problem for me. Finding my timing was a problem for me, and that had to do with how I structured my training camp. My main goal was just to make it through camp, and I wasn’t training with the team like I really needed to, and I was having lot of individualized training.”

The 36-year-old Evans, who last scored a win in the Octagon at UFC 167 against Chael Sonnen in 2013, said that he may have erred on the side of caution in training for Bader, rather than ramping up the intensity with his fight team at the Blackzilians.

It didn’t translate on fight night.

“It wasn’t the kind of rounds that I needed to get in,” he told Ariel Helwani. ….View full article

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