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Rashad "Suga" Evans calls it a career

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans announced his retirement on the ESPN debut of Ariel Helwani's MMA Show.

Evans, 38, ends his career on a five-fight losing streak.  He was knocked out in less than a minute earlier this month at UFC 225 in Chicago by Anthony Smith.

Evans (19-8-1) has looked like a shell of his former self and many were anxious to see him call it quits.

"At one point in my life, I felt as if fighting was everything. I was everything. I put life second," Evans said on the show. " But now life has taken over. Now fighting has become second. And competing in a sport like mixed martial arts, where you have a lot of guys who haven't been to the top of the mountain and haven't experienced the things that I've experienced, they're really hungry for it. And me, I was just lukewarm," Evans said.

While Evans ends his career on a down note, he was at his prime one of the best light heavyweights around.

He won season two of the Ultimate Fighter to earn his UFC contract and launched a six-fight unbeaten streak to earn a fight against superstar Chuck Liddell.  That streak included wins over Stephan Bonner and Michael Bisping, amongst others.

Evans took full advantage of the opportunity to knock out "The Iceman" in one of the most memorable knockouts in UFC history.

That earned him a title shot against Forrest Griffin and he proceeded to knock out the UFC Hall of Famer to earn his only UFC championship.

He would relinquish the title in his first defense against Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 via a second-round knockout.

Evans owns victories over Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Chael Sonnen, & Dan Henderson.

Evans has done broadcasting work for the UFC so a future in that role could be a possiability.

Evan would eventually earn a second title shot against his former friend and training partner, Jon Jones, who Evans felt was chosen over him by his former training coaches at Jackson-Wink MMA.

Jones claimed a unanimous decision over Evans in the grudge match.

"I don't want to go out losing. But at the same time, it's what I need. It's what I need to do because I feel like I have other things in life that are calling me to do, to go to," said Evans.

 

Alex Solano