Rashad Evans looking for boos in UC
CHICAGO -- Rashad Evans is more of an occasional visitor to Chicago rather than a full-time resident, but that's not why he's unconcerned about a hometown reception Saturday night during the second "UFC on FOX" event.
In fact, Evans -- who faces Phil Davis in what could be a stepping stone to a light heavyweight title fight -- is hoping to be booed at the United Center. He's more comfortable with that reception.
"I hope I get booed," Evans told ESPNChicago.com on Wednesday. "I don't want nothing to change. I want everyone to still boo me. I like getting booed. Keep booing me. "
Evans occasionally resides in Chicago, where his children live. He's familiar with the Midwest as a native of Lansing, Mich. and former wrestler at Michigan State.
"I reside (in Chicago) on a frequent occasion bouncing back and forth between here and my training camp (in Florida)," Evans said. "My kids live here, so I go back and forth."
A win before a sold-out crowd could solidify a title shot against current champ and ex-training partner Jon Jones.
"I'm not even thinking about Jon right now," Evans said. "That's a fight for another time, if it happens.
"I'm just focusing on this fight."
Evans is known for his strong wrestling and punching power. He defeated Tito Ortiz on Aug. 6 by second-round TKO, but he broke his thumb in the process, sidelining him for a few months.
"I feel really good coming into this fight," he said. "My body's feeling good. It's like it's peaking at the right time. The camp has been going good. I overcame a thumb injury in the beginning, and I'm coming back strong with that."
This is the second training camp Evans has had with the Blackzillians, his new group of training partners. Evans left 'Jackson's MMA' early last year because of a rift with Jones.
"I want to make an example out of anyone I'm going to face," Evans said. "I'm going out there hungry. I'm out there on the grind. I'm trying to get it. Whoever I have to face has to feel the wrath.
"It's a big stage. Phil's stepping up to the big stage for the first time. When you have a long layoff, have a big name fighter in front of you, it can get to you. I'm going to go out there, lay it all on the line, and I'm positive I'm going to get the 'W'."