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Rashad Evans the latest to join the UFC Hall of Fame

One of the most dominant light heavyweights in UFC history, Evans is a two-time champion.

The UFC Hall of Fame just got a whole lot sweeter.

Rashad Evans is the latest inductee into the class of 2019. Announced during the UFC Rochester broadcast, “Suga” will be inducted on July 5th during International Fight Week. He will be a part of the Modern Wing and will join Michael Bisping (also in the Modern Wing) and Rich Franklin.

If you have never seen Rashad Evans (19-8-1) fight before, or if you were just starting to watch MMA when he was on a five-fight losing streak to end his career, you missed out on a true run of dominance.

A light heavyweight, Evans won and entered the second season of The Ultimate Fighter as a heavyweight. Following a split decision win against Brad Imes in the TUF finale in 2005, Evans went on a win streak that saw him take care of a who’s who of opponents. Those names include Stephan Bonner, Michael Bisping, Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin.

A two-time Light Heavyweight Champion, Evans won the title off of Griffin at UFC 92 and against Phil Davis at UFC on Fox 2. A true showman, Evans’ run was critical in the early success of the UFC.

One of his premier fights was a grudge bout against Jon Jones at UFC 145. While Evans lost the Light Heavyweight Title against “Bones” Jones, it was one of the last true showcases of his power and the start of Jones’ career.

A current broadcaster for the UFC, Evans provides fans with an insight some might not ever get to normally see. He is also a trainer, building the skills of fighters like Kamaru Usman.

Congratulations are in order to the Niagara Falls native.

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