Rashad Evans was a part of one of the most memorable seasons of the UFC show, The Ultimate Fighter. He was on season 10 where he coached against Rampage Jackson in one of the most fun seasons of the show.
The show was fun and filled with famous contestants like Kimbo Slice, Roy Nelson, and Brendan Schaub. The coaches were always at each other's throats and the beef was apparent between the two.
“It was exhausting at times,” Evans told ClutchPoints of filming the UFC show. “But it was a lot of fun, I had a lot of fun. Being there, having that experience, being able to test myself like that. Even when I was coaching with [Rampage Jackson.] It was an amazing experience. Because I got to kind of relive my situation and kind of be the coach that I wish that I had. I had some great coaches like Rich Franklin and stuff like that. So I really want to live up to that. Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin were some great coaches. So I really wanted to live up to the coaches that I had. At the same time, I wanted to add in some things that I wish that I would have had.
“I had Rampage there too. So it wasn't all you know, it wasn't all fun and games, I had to show my teeth a few times to let them know that I'm not a punk. So, it was a lot of fun. I mean, there were some days where we were training, we're going back and forth. And after we get done, I'm just like, you know, talking to Mike van Arsdale and Trevor Wittman like, ‘Man, I should really fight this guy right now.' He definitely tried my patience in a lot of different ways.”
There was a famous time on the show when the two were staring each other down and it seemed like the two UFC fighters were about to throw down. Rampage Jackson was saying ‘if you feel froggy jump' and Rashad Evans was firing back with ‘do it.' It turns out, they were actually ready to throw down, at least Evans was ready to fight.
“Yeah, the one time in the doorway, we got into it and we were talking about you know, it was like, ‘just do it.' I was like, ‘just throw it, just throw it.' That was the closest that I came to fighting him. I actually told myself, the next day when I see him it was going to be fight on site. Like we were just going to start swinging on site. Because he was getting to me.
“He's very quick-witted and he's funny,” the former UFC fighter continued. “Then he had his group of guys so he didn't have to say much at all and next thing you know, they're like, ‘haha Rampage so funny, so funny.' It was getting to me, man, so I was like, ‘Man, I gotta find some way to- I should just punch this dude right in his face right out the gate.'”
The two did end up fighting in the UFC after the show with Rashad Evans winning by unanimous decision. The season is still considered one of the best and many people have it as their favorite.