Rashad Evans still open to middleweight move

Rashad Evans still open to middleweight move

UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans looked fairly sharp last month en route to a hard-fought decision win over Dan Henderson, also avoiding a three-fight skid in the process as well. However, there’s a good chance he would have been headlining UFC 162 this weekend opposite middleweight champ Anderson Silva instead if he’d had a similar performance in his previous pairing, as the 33-year old’s name came up as a possible title-contender in the weeks leading up to a February fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Of course, Evans was ultimately outpointed by Nogueira, subsequently cementing Chris Weidman’s crack at Silva’s belt. Though “Sugar” ‘Shad has recently been linked to a go at Glover Teixeira this fall, it appears the Ultimate Fighter 2 winner is still intrigued by action at 185 pounds if the match-up is right.

Evans’ interest in slimming down for a marquee meeting was confirmed this week in a report on UFC Tonight. He is also still hungry for a rematch with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, meaning the middleweight division would only be a temporary home for the talented competitor.

The 5’11” Evans has been labeled as an undersized 205er from the beginning of his run in the Octagon. Regardless of his dimensions, Evans’ skill has served him well, leading to an 18-3-1 record inside the infamous eight-sided cage including success against Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Thiago Silva, and Quinton Jackson.

2 COMMENTS
  • hindsightufuk says:

    his last two fights have been really quite dull, fucking tedious in fact.
    maybe a move to mw will invigorate him. or maybe he’ll still be fucking boring

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  • Dufresne says:

    I’ve wanted to see Rashad drop down for a while now. When he first came to the UFC his speed was enough to help him excell at 205, but as the athletes have evolved he’s run into the same problem Frankie Edgar ran into. He’s still faster than most of the guys, but not so much faster that it offsets their advantages in size and strength. At 185 he should still have a bit of a speed advantage, but he’ll also enjoy a strength advantage over a lot of contenders. If he drops down I see him being in the top 5 immediately and looking for a title shot with one or two wins.

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