Rashad Evans uses wrestling, veteran experience in triumphant MMA return at Eagle FC 44.
Former UFC champion Rashad Evans put on a savvy performance against Gabriel Checco in his return to the cage at Eagle FC 44.
Checco opened up the first round with a series of heavy leg kicks that Evans failed to check. But, Evans was able to find his range and slowly begin to move out of the way of the low strikes.
Midway through the opening round, Evans secured a powerful takedown and moved right into side control. He was able to control everything on the ground and land a few solid punches through Checco’s guard.
Evans opened up in the second round using his signature wrestling once again. But, Checco nearly had Evans in trouble with a couple of leg lock attempts. Evans was able to always be at least one step ahead of Checco on the ground and avoid significant danger of submission.
After three rounds of action, Evans earned the unanimous decision win for his first MMA victory in nine years.
Rashad Evans wins his long-awaited return to the cage
Evans had made his return to MMA after retiring in 2018 following five-straight losses. On his way out of the UFC, he suffered losses to the likes of Anthony Smith, Sam Alvey, and Glover Teixeira before calling it a career.
Evans is a former UFC champion who infamously knocked out Forrest Griffin for the light heavyweight championship at UFC 92. He also earned wins over top UFC talent such as Chael Sonnen, Tito Ortiz, and Chuck Liddell over his tenure.
Checco signed with EFC after making the rounds in MMA. He most recently fought in mid-tier promotions such as LFA and RFA and competed against the likes of Ian Heinisch and Jordan Wright.
With the win over Checco, Evans is off to a great start in his EFC career and looks poised to potentially be a factor in the promotion in 2022.