Rashad Evans targets December return to action, will fight at light heavyweight

Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans plans to remain in the division he once dominated, at least according to his manager. “Suga” ‘Shad has not fought since falling to current title-holder Jon Jones earlier this year when Evans became the first fighter to take Jones to the scorecards since winning the belt.

While rumors of a potential drop to middleweight swirled around Evans earlier this year, Glenn Robinson, who represents Evans, insists his fighter will compete at 205 barring an offer he can’t refuse.

“His goal is to stay at 205 and to fight the best possible 205-pounder,” said Robinson during a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “He’d like to fight in December. That’s his goal.”

In the past Evans mentioned possibly facing middleweight king Anderson Silva, but Robinson said the fight was never actually offered by the promotion.

“If the UFC offered him Anderson Silva at 185 right now, he would go and fight Anderson Silva at 185,” Robinson said. “The UFC is not offering him Anderson Silva, so that’s not something that’s going to happen.”

Evans is 17-2-1 in his career with the two losses coming at the hands of Jones and fellow ex-champion Lyoto Machida.

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4 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    I much prefer the idea of Rashad fighting Silva than GSP fighting Silva.
    I’m also glad to hear that he’s staying at 205. He didn’t look like he could have cut much in his past two fights and I think the LHW division offers better fights career wise. I also think people made too big a deal out of Frankie moving to FW and I’m glad to see Rashad resist the pressure to move down too.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I’m with you. I like Rashad, and I’ve grown to like him even more than when he was, legitimately the underdog on TUF. Evans is as smart as he is athletically gifted; I’ve never actually had anything against him.

    Rashad is like the anti-Rampage to me; where the Quinton seems to be a caricature of black stereotypes in a lot of ways, Rashad’s always been the low-key guy who represents the level of professionalism I expect in a mainstream sport. Sure, he wears a suit to press conferences, but dude went toe-to-toe with Chuck Liddell and had the confidence to trust in his hands and land a beautiful counter punch that will go down in the storybooks as one of the most vicious KOs ever. (IMO it’s up there with when Hendo smashed Wandy; it sounded like a baseball bat hitting a watermelon, and considering UFC cages aren’t mic’ed, that’s fuckin’ scary.)

    It might be annoying to hear him say it, but it’s true; Rashad Evans rarely — if ever — gets credit due. He’s had a sleeper fight or two, but at the UFC level there is a lot of credence to the question “well, if he sucks then how come he we was able to take you down, hold you there and make you look stupid?”

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  • raker says:

    Rashad has never really impressed me. He was lucky to get by Bisping and I thought that he was losing to Chuck and Forrest quite handily before landing one big shot. He’s definitely a solid fighter but more likely to become the gatekeeper than champ at LHW. I’d like to see him at MW.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    “Rashad is like the anti-Rampage to me; where the Quinton seems to be a caricature of black stereotypes in a lot of ways,”

    True, except Rashad called his new gym Blackzillians so..

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