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Rashad Evans using next fight to help gauge his ability to make middleweight

UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans still has his sights set on a scrap before the end of 2012 and an eventual drop down to 185 pounds. However, when it comes to his next fight, it looks like Evans will stick with the division he’s called his home since winning the Ultimate Fighter 2 seven years ago rather than rush his eventual move to middleweight.

Evans spoke some about his plans for the future in an interview with ESPN where he confirmed his next outing would take place at 205, though the former champion admitted he’ll use the opportunity to slim his physique down in preparation for a middleweight run in 2013.

“I’m using this cut to see how far I can get down. I’d like to get on the scale somewhere around 201, like Lyoto Machida did. I’m using this fight to get my weight down and keep it under control,” explained Evans, referring to Machida’s weight in an August rumble with Ryan Bader. “Afterward it might be easier for me to go down to 185.”

While Evans has apparently made his mind up in terms of testing new waters, that’s not to say leaving light heavyweight behind was an easy decision for someone with his history at 205 pounds.

“It is hard for me to leave the weight class,” admitted Evans, adding, “I really want to fight Jon Jones again.”

No specifics were offered in terms of when Evans would fight in what would presumably be his last bout at light heavyweight for awhile, though UFC President Dana White recently stated it was possible “Sugar” ‘Shad could still end up on the company’s annual year-end event (December 29/UFC 155).

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Rashad has really grown on me. I don’t think it’s just a reaction to Jones’ douchery.

    He’s a genuinely talented fighter, and he seems to have real respect for his fellow camp-mates. If Vitor had won, I actually think he would have dropped, just so as not to fight him.

    Do I think dropping an extra four pounds for his next LHW is a good indicator of whether he can drop another 16? No, but if it makes him feel better….

    He might be better to do a catchweight with Franklin to test the waters.

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