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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.