Without a doubt the most famous former wrestler from the Niagara Wheatfield program is mixed martial art fighter Rashad Evans. One of eight children, Evans was a two-time All-State wrestler at Wheatfield, placing 4th in New York State as both a Junior and Senior, as well as a two-way player on the school's football team, playing running back when on offense and safety on defense.
After graduating from Wheatfield in 1998, Rashad went to Niagara County Community College, where he was a two time All-American and won the National Junior College championship 165 lb (75 kg) in 2000. He then transferred to Michigan State University, competing in the 174 lb (79 kg) weight class. He started at Michigan State for two years and amassed a 48–34 record during that time. Evans was also one of only four people to ever defeat wrestling legend Greg Jones.
Since graduating from Michigan State and earning a degree in psychology, he has remained a resident of Lansing, Michigan. In 2004 Rashad began training for competition in the relatively new mixed martial arts.
Rashad Evans won the second season Championship on the televised Ultimate Fighter show and was on his way. On December 27, 2008 at UFC 92, Evans faced champion Forrest Griffin for the UFC light heavyweight belt. Griffin controlled most of the first two rounds with effective striking and low kicks. In the third round, however, Evans caught a low kick and countered with a straight right hand that dropped Griffin. Evans followed Griffin to the ground and eventually managed to finish the stunned champion with ground and pound. With the victory, Evans became the new UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion.
Evans lost the belt in 2009 to Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida, but recently defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in a unanimous decision at UFC 114 main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Rashad's next fight was a rematch against MMA veteran Tito Ortiz, a fighter Rasahd edged out in a narrow decision earlier in his career. On August 6th, 2001 Evans defeated Ortiz with a second period TKO after landing a vicious knee to Ortiz's solar-plexus.
On January 28th 2012 Rashad Evans won a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Phil Davis to set up a championship light heavyweight match against former sparring partner Jon Jones.