You see him on television doing interviews or appearing as an analyst, and one thing is clear: Rashad Evans has a winning personality and a million-dollar smile.
He's also one heck of a fighter, with 22 wins in 25 career attempts. Fight No. 26 is Saturday against Dan Henderson at UFC 161 in Winnipeg.
Evans is also human, a characteristic often overlooked in athletes by consumers of the sport. He, like all of us, has had his struggles in life outside of the spotlight.
In a sitdown in front of a Newsday camera in Manhattan on Monday, Evans was in his usual positive -- and honest -- mindset.
Here's his take on two of the questions:
His loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
“I took a lot of criticism in the fight with Little Nog, and deservedly so. It was a lackluster performance. I’ve used the comments that people said and the feelings that I had to motivate me and propel me to where I’m at now.”
On his divorce
“Moving past my divorce was definitely hard for me to do. It’s one of those things that, mentally, you really don’t know how to approach it. Nobody ever tells you the right way to go through it or what’s the best way. it’s something so personal, you don’t feel right even reaching out to anybody about.”