Rashad Evans Is Coming Out Of Retirement

Rashad Evans is making his return.

According to ESPN, Evans, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, will battle Gabriel Checco on the Eagle FC United States premiere program on January 28 in Miami.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, a former UFC lightweight champion, owns the MMA promotion Eagle FC.

Evans (19-8-1) announced his retirement in June 2018 after losing to Anthony Smith at UFC 225. The Florida native will look to stop a five-fight losing skid when he returns.

In 2019, Evans, 42, was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

In 2005, he won the second season of the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” and he went on to win the UFC light heavyweight champion from September 2008 to May 2009.

Checco (12-5) has won two of his last three fights, most recently a first-round TKO victory over Simon Marini at XMMA 3 on October 23.

His most recent fights were against current UFC fighters, including a TKO defeat to Jordan Wright in January 2020 and a knockout loss to Ian Heinisch in May 2018.

The main event at Eagle FC on January 28 will be a heavyweight fight between kickboxing great Tyrone Spong and seasoned MMA veteran Sergei Kharitonov.

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