Rashad Anton Evans (born September 25, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist from Niagara Falls, New York, signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Evans was the Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2. He is also a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Wrestling out of Niagara-Wheatfield High School in Sanborn, New York, Evans twice made it to the state finals tournament of New York by winning his weight class for his county, in which he received All-State honors both times. In 1997 he placed 4th in the state at 145 pounds. In 1998 he placed 4th in the state at 171 pounds. In 1999 he entered the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships for the 165 pound weight class in which he finished in 4th place. Competing once again at this tournament in 2000, he was the champion of the 165 pound weight class.