Rashad Evans’ Jiu-Jitsu-focused training for UFC on Saturday

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Rashad Evans training Jiu Jitsu with Rolles Gracie for UFC / Photos: Ray Santana

Rashad Evans made sure to brush up on his Jiu-Jitsu f0r Phil Davis. Exclusive photos by Ray Santana.

Former light heavyweight champion of the UFC Rashad Evans  doesn’t tend to overlook the opponents he has ahead of him. In the lead-up to his showdown with Phil Davis at next Saturday’s UFC on Fox show, things are no different, and Evans has gone scientific with his training camp in Florida—especially where Jiu-Jitsu is concerned, as GRACIEMAG.com found out.

On the menu for his final week of training: plenty of control and submission positions, with the help of Rolles Gracie.

“Rashad called on me to train with him for his fight with Phil Davis. As I myself am getting ready to fight [against Bob Sapp in Indonesia], the invite fit like a glove,” remarked Rolles Gracie.

POSITIONING AND JIU-JITSU LESSONS

“We always exchange a lot of information with every sparring session. This time the focus was more on control while pursuing the submission,” said Rolles, revealing how Rashad isn’t just about pounding opponents into mush and getting knockouts.

“There’s always something I learn from him, whether in moving around on the feet or even in Jiu-Jitsu. After all, as Rashad has a natural ability to explode and get to his feet, my Jiu-Jitsu gets better with every training session. By training with him my positional control on the ground improves,” Rolles Gracie professes.

Check out some of the highlights from their training, by photographer and Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Ray Santana.

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