Over the weekend, UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans expressed interest in a match-up with fellow former champ Mauricio Rua. As intriguing as the pairing may be, it looks like the meeting is unlikely to materialize anytime soon as the UFC matchmaking team has a different outing in mind for Evans.
UFC President Dana White addressed the matter this week on UFC Tonight where he explained Rua wasn’t being targeted for Evans, instead pointing to Dan Henderson as the leading candidate for the clash. Both Henderson and Evans are coming off disappointing decision losses, putting each in need a significant win if hoping to make a run towards the title in 2013.
Evans has dropped his last two tilts, falling to champion Jon Jones last April and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira earlier this month. He holds an overall record of 17-3-1 with past wins over the likes of Tito Ortiz, Phil Davis, Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell, and Quinton Jackson.
The 29-9 Henderson’s loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 157 snapped a four-fight winning streak including success against Rua and Fedor Emelianenko. Fifteen of his victories have involved some form of finish with thirteen TKOs to his credit.
No date/event were mentioned in relation to the potential rumble.
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