Evans was quickly taken out by Teixeira at UFC on FOX 19 last night, as the punishing striker hurt “Suga” with a booming left less than two minutes in, and KO’d him with a follow up right. The defeat was Evans’ second straight, as he was decisioned by Ryan Bader in October.
Following the event, the 36 year-old fighter had this to say about the defeat at the post-fight press conference (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t want to lose hope, I don’t want to lose heart in fighting because it’s what I like to do and I’m at a low right now,” Evans said. “But at the end of the day something’s gotta change, I gotta do something. It’s embarrassing, it’s sad, but, welcome to being a fighter.”
“It’s not easy but I think given some time and deciding what’s best for me,” Evans added later. “Then I’ll make the right decisions on what needs to change, but as of now it’s not a clear decision I can say.”
Leading up to UFC on FOX 19, Evans said he believes he still has plenty of time left, in terms of his fighting career. So, it would be pretty surprising if he elected to retire. Perhaps his next bout will truly determine whether he elects to keep fighting?
The last few years have certainly been hard ones for the former champ, as following his 2013 win over Chael Sonnen, Evans missed all of 2014 and most of 2015 due to knee injuries. Could ‘change’ mean a change of camps?
Teixeira, meanwhile, has won three straight fights and they’ve all been by stoppage.