It 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.”
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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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