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Dana White willing to consider Rashad Evans for middleweight title-shot

Rashad Evans - UFC 145 WorkoutsIt looks like UFC middleweight Chris Weidman may not be next in line for a crack at Anderson Silva’s championship as previously believed. Though far from a done deal, UFC President Dana White recently confirmed the company is considering former light heavyweight title-holder Rashad Evans for a fight with Silva depending on how he fares tomorrow night at UFC 156 when he faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Evans would also have to slim down to 185 pounds for obvious reasons, a move he believes he can make but has yet to attempt. He has also gone on record as saying he is certain he has the ability to become the first person to hand Silva a loss inside the Octagon.

“A lot of people think Chris Weidman is the #1 contender right now. If Rashad made a move from 205 down to 185, it’d be safe to say he’s now #1,” said White to reporters gathered for UFC 156. “If Rashad won on Saturday night and wanted to go to 185, we would consider that.”

MMAJunkie was on hand and able to capture the comments.

White also added that if “The Spider” is indeed booked against Weidman the bout won’t take place in Brazil as Silva’s camp had recently requested.

The 17-2-1 Evans won UFC gold in 2008 when he beat Forrest Griffin, falling to Lyoto Machida in his next match-up before stringing together four wins in a row. This weekend’s bout with Nogueira will mark Evans’ first fight since losing to champion Jon Jones last April.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I see absoultly no problems with Evans being the #1 MW contender if he wins Saturday night, he has done enough to earn that spot. UNLESS of course all the rumors are true and Belfort did fail a drug test down inBrazil, if that happens and the fight becomes a nc then I say throw Bisping in with Silva.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Why would Evans be #1 in MW after winning a LHW fight? I don’t understand that, make him fight a MW fight first

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  • stone says:

    Weidman vs. Evans should be the contender fight…. If Weidman beats Evans, that’s a good enough addition to his resume for contender-ship status… If Evans wins who else would he have to fight? Really?

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    My question is does Evans want Silva because he wants to be a champion more or does he want to fight Anderson Silva more? He knows his window to be champ at 205 is almost closed, but the weight cut might be brutal.

    I still think Silva needs to clear his dance card for a rumble with Jon Jones sometime this summer at a big stadium.
    Dallas would be great and I wouldn’t be surprised if that fight plus a good undercard could get close to bringing in 100k fans. Make it a night of champions or something and try to get 3 title fights or two title fights and 2 no.1 contender fights for defended belts.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I think it’s part he wants top be a champion again, and maybe part hey if I fight and beat Silva, I can rub it in that Jones didn’t have the balls to do it so I’m better then him. That second part is all my opinion of what I think Rashad want’s to do.

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