Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans failed in his quest to take the title from Jon Jones Saturday night in the main event of UFC 145 from Atlanta.
Following the decision loss – just the second defeat of his MMA career – “Suga” was asked about a possible drop to the middleweight ranks.
You might remember that Evans began his UFC career by winning the title of Ultimate Fighter as a heavyweight. Evans discussed such a change during the post-fight press conference
Nah, I’m a 205-pounder. I’ve only lost twice and, you know, I lost to some good competitors. I mean, it’d be nice if I won all my fights, but it don’t happen like that sometimes. But, if an opportunity happens at 185, then I’ll take it. I like 205. I feel I can work my way back up and to another title shot.
There would be a much quicker climb back to title-contention should Evans decide to go down to middleweight, but he remains a force in the 205-pound division, so there really is no need to drop. He went the distance with Jones, which Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida – both ex-champs – couldn’t do last year in bouts with “Bones.”
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