— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) September 20, 2019
Evans (19-8-1), 40, has ended his association with the UFC so he can explore opportunities in other promotions.
“I changed my diet after I retired and it’s drastically changed my body and how I feel,” Evans said to ESPN. “I am definitely heavily thinking about coming back.”
“He and Dana White talked, and it was a mutual decision,” Evans’ manager Ali Abdelaziz, added to ESPN. “He’s been back in the gym, and he’s feeling really good. I think there are a lot of fights out there for Rashad, and I’ll be talking to other promotions about him shortly.”
Evans went unbeaten in his first 14 fights, including winning TUF 2 in 2005 as a heavyweight. He proceeded to knock out Chuck Liddell at UFC 88 and then finish Forrest Griffin at UFC 92 in 2008 to win the light heavyweight belt. He suffered his first loss defending the belt against Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 in 2009.
The former standout collegiate wrestler has not won a fight since 2013, having lost his last five bouts including a 53-second knockout to Anthony Smith at UFC 225 in June 2018.
“Suga” was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July.