Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Aegon Spengler, Feb 8, 2020.
Hall of fame, yes.
I don't think so
In some ways I remember back in the day. Dana white did an interview saying GSP was the biggest pay per view star followed by Rashad Evan's. I would have never guessed that but apparently he brought the dollars.
I'd say he was a flash in the pan right place right time kinda thing
You'd have to define legend
Based on the UFC's apparent definition, where they've called guys like Tank and Cowboy "legends" then Shad is easily a legend
And beyond that, Shadface is by definition legendary
Legendary is always going to be subjective, but it gets thrown around way too easily in mma.
Legendary is the most over used word on here (I'm probably guilty of it myself). He's famous. Hes successful. Isn't that enough? Does everyone have to be a legend.
150 years from now people aren't going to talk about Rashad the way we all know about Babe Ruth calling his shot, or the way we all know about Ali's rope a dope against Foreman.
Rashad is an excellent, entertaining, successful former champ. Legend is a bit of a strech, but check with me in a hundred years.
No. He is less significant than Rich Franklin who isn't legendary either.
I’m 30. I been fuckin longer then the UFC been around. Talk to me in 50 years
He won TUF 2 and a title, so maybe? Idk, the threshold isn't very high right now.
He's noteworthy. Like a Jeff Bagwell of baseball, Denis Savard of hockey, Kyle Lowry of NBA.
But not a legend.
Will people remember him in 50 years? No?
The era between Chuck and Jones had 6 great fighters / 5 champs. They were all pretty close; Forrest was obviously 6th best, the other 5 spots are heavily debated. Rashad was right in there.
What he didn’t have is longevity (unlike Rampage, Hendo, Shogun and Machida.) His best years were very short. That hurts his legacy. Career-wise, he is below all of them because of the lack of longevity.
I rank him below Tito and above Forrest. Maybe top 15 all time at 205, maybe top 20.
So, no. I would not apply that term.
That word gets thrown around too easily in MMA, probably due to the low standards for entering the Hall of Fame. The only non champs who belong in there are pioneers. Being a one time a champ doesn't make you a legend. Legends go on impressive streaks or break the mold, like Anderson's MW run, or BJ and Randy being two division champs.
Like it or not, his name is on the list under the title of "World Champion"
If they said Matt Serra will go down in the record books due to his fluke, surely Rashad has a better resume than that.
Eh, not really. If he's legendary, the Machida is even more legendary. And you also have to consider Forrest Griffith (who also won the LHW belt then lost it right away like Rashad) legendary.
Royce is more of a pioneer than a legend. He had a big edge by studying BJJ since a toddler and doing a bunch of Gracie Challenge fights...then fighting guys who were brand new to the sport and to grappling. His UFC win streak lasted a whopping 13 months. After that he had a draw with Ken Shamrock then later when to Japan...where the competition wasn't really easier after all.
Hes some some great things. He was the very first fighter to knock chuck liddell out cold, and I mean cold. That shot to this day is one of the most brutal overhands that I have ever seen.
Rashad is a guy that was somewhat one dimensional early on, but really improved his skillset and became a phenomenal fighter.