His star-making turn against Chuck Liddell, his massively hyped grudge match with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson – Suga is no stranger to the spotlight. Even still, his upcoming UFC 145 blockbuster tilt against Jon Jones has brought with it a level of hype and media attention that caught even the seasoned Evans off guard.
That’s not to say that the former champ isn’t taking the whole thing in stride, though. In fact, the swarm around him seems to have granted Evans some perspective on living in the moment, enjoying what he’s got while he’s got it. The light heavyweight battler’s management team, Authentic Sports Management, released a promo video entitled “Georgia on my Mind” that gives insight into Evans training and mental state ahead of his date with Jones in Atlanta.
“On April 21, you guys can expect one hell of a fight,” said Evans. “Me vs. Jon Jones. And it’s a fight that’s built upon so much emotion and so much promise of what could have been a great relationship or a great teammate, but it wasn’t. I’m gonna go in there and I’m gonna win. I’m gonna win and I’m gonna fight hard and I’m gonna love every second of it.
“I’m gonna love every moment that I have leading up to it. I’m gonna appreciate everything. Because, before you know it, this will be just a memory and you guys won’t be cheering for me no more. My time will pass. So, I’m gonna enjoy this moment. I’m gonna have fun and I’m gonna put on a great performance. And I wanna thank you for making me who I am today.”