UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans looked off in his last outing, dropping a decision to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156 and subsequently suffering the first losing streak of his career as a result. While Evans’ stock may have gone down some based on the lackluster showing, the former champion’s spirits remain high as does his confidence level.
Both qualities were on display last night during Fuel TV’s coverage of UFC 157 when Evans used the platform to call out Mauricio Rua.
“It would be a great fight and something to see. ‘Shogun’, where you at? Call your manager, call Dana White. It’s on,” Evans exclaimed.
Rua is not currently scheduled for action, making the match-up an actual possibility if “Shogun” is so inclined.
The talented 205ers were supposed to fight in March 2011 for the Brazilian’s divisional belt before Evans went down with an injury, opening the door for Jones to step in and ultimately become champion (as he remains today).
Evans is 17-3-1 in his career with notable triumphs over Quinton Jackson, Phil Davis, Forrest Griffin, and Chuck Liddell. Comparably, Rua is 21-7 with eighteen knockouts including those over Griffin, Liddell, Jackson, Lyoto Machida, and Alistair Overeem.
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