“Honestly I’ll have to see how it all plays out. I did make that comment and I it was something that I have been thinking about but I don’t really know to be honest because I’ve never been the biggest light heavyweight. I’m kind of on the smaller end of things. I’m 5’11 and I walk around at 225 lb. so I’m not really that big. If I go to 185 lb. I probably wouldn’t still be all that big and it would be difficult to make the weight and if I jumped up to heavyweight then I would be a munchkin. It would be fun to do because any fights taken in those divisions I could go into without any care and they would just be fun fights to do but at the same time I feel that light heavyweight is my home. I’ve been in this division and beat people that I wasn’t expected to beat. I’m here because I’m scrappy as hell and resilient by nature but I did it all at light heavyweight. I feel that this is my home. I don’t want to switch weight classes and lose my mojo. With all due respect I don’t want to be like Brandon Vera. Like I said with all due respect and it’s nothing against Brandon Vera but I don’t want to lose that mojo.”
—Rashad Evans talking to Bloody Elbow about comments he made about switching weight classes if teammate Jon Jones win the UFC light heavyweight title
Middleweight may not be a bad option for Rashad Evans if he could make 185, but he’s probably better off just sticking around at light heavyweight to be honest. Even if that means having to fight his teammate for the light heavyweight title, which at least one of his coaches thinks he should, it’s still better than moving up or down a weight class where he won’t feel comfortable. Rashad earned his spot in the upper echelon of the light heavyweight division. It would be dumb to give that up because his buddy got there too.
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