Rashad Anton Evans is an American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion. The winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2.
Wrestling for Niagara-Wheatfield High School out of Sanborn, N.Y., Evans made it to the New York state finals twice, winning his weight class for his district. In 1997, he placed 4th at 145 pounds, a year later, in 1998, also 4th at 171 pounds. In 1999, he joined the Junior National Collegiate Athletic Association and placed 4th in the association championship at 165 pounds. He made another appearance in the same tournament in 2000, becoming the 165 pound class champion.
In 2003, Evans competed again at 174 pounds, winning third place in the Big Ten Conference. Going into the NCAA Division I Division 3, Evans won his opening match, eventually losing to future national champion Robbie Waller. In his next bout, he defeated the legendary Greg Jones, a three-time National Champion who finished his NCAA career with a 126-4 record.