Evans appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

July 30, 2011

Rashad Evans appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Friday night to promote next week’s showdown with Tito Ortiz. Unlike most athletes, Evans was personable and seemed genuinely comfortable trading barbs with Fallon.

Despite an awkward impromptu karaoke spot, Evans rolled with Fallon’s schtick and provided some great impressions of his mom and Randy Couture. A link to the appearance is here.

Payout Perspective:

Despite UFC 133 suffering from a plethora of fighter injuries, the main event has two of the better faces for the UFC. Ortiz is Tito Ortiz and Evans is well-spoken and proves here to be a likeable guy. His work on ESPN’s MMA Live has probably helped. Jimmy Fallon’s show has had multiple WWE and UFC fighters and its one of the few late night spots where a UFC fighter has time to talk (and joke – recall Lesnar choking Jimmy out) with Fallon. It also gives fighters the chance to be more than the stereotypical fighter (as portrayed in most commercials they star in). In addition to Evans’ Yahoo! spot, promotion for UFC 133 is going strong despite a card that has had multiple replacements.

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