Earlier this week, Newsday asked Rashad Evans a few questions on winning and losing and the mentality involved with both. Here are his answers as Evans prepares to fight Dan Henderson at UFC 161 on Saturday night in Winnipeg:
“After you win a fight, you feel like you’re on top of the world and it feels like everything you've done has paid off. It’s such a rewarding feeling. But when you lose a fight, it kind of feels like everything in your life is in disarray. It feels as if you’re so far off your mark of what you really need to do.
“When you win, even the problems you may have had when you lose may be overlooked.
“When you lose, it brings everything to light. It brings you to the point where you have to confront some of the issues you may not have confronted before.
“You have to be honest with yourself 100 percent, and being honest with yourself is a really hard thing to do because people tend to lie to themselves because it’s easier to handle, it’s more digestable to deal with with.”