Most athletes who have been in the game for quite some time do not know the right time to say goodbye to the sport which they have so far loved and participated actively in.

For Rashad Evans of the UFC, it’s almost the same feeling, as they refuse to accept the inevitable aging that comes as they grow older.

However, a few others are able to soon gain that insight as the end draws nearer. And then they begin to hope they fought much more.

“Looking back, I wish that I had fought more,” Evans said. “It’s a window, a short one. You don’t have a lot of time to do this, and it’s something that I really love.

The year 2016 was not a very good one for Evans, as it was in that same year he lost his second straight match, and an MRI scan suggested that his time was finally over in the cage.

This thus saw him being pulled out of a fight by the New York State Athletic Commission with Tim Kennedy in the Madison Square Garden.

Luckily enough for him, he was finally cleared by the Nevada Athletic Commission to fight on Saturday.

Evans noted that at first, what scared him was not fighting ever again. However, after some time, he began to think more about his family and four children. He would not want to be in a vegetable state as he grows older.

One of his rivals, Dan Kelly, who spoke about Evans, said:

“I’ve been a fan of his during his whole career. It’s a case of when your idol becomes your rival. I expect to fight the same Rashad that knocked out Chuck Liddell and head kicked Sean Salmon and beat Forrest Griffin for the (light heavyweight) title and beat Dan Henderson.”