Rashad Evans Would Only Drop To Middleweight To Face Anderson Silva

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has lost just twice in his MMA career, falling to Lyoto Machida and current UFC champion Jon Jones.

Currently, while awaiting his next fight, Evans has been a guest analyst for several UFC on FUEL TV broadcasts.

While in college at Michigan State University, “Suga” competed in the 174-pound weight class. So, naturally, when he was asked about moving to middleweight his answer was a little different than many might have expected.

“I thought about how hard that weight cut is,” said Evans, during an interview with Pro MMA Now recently. “Some people go down to a lower weight and they’re actually weaker, and I felt like when I was the best athlete I could be in college is when I wrestled at my natural weight.”

However, Evans did point to one name that would get him to cut the weight and fight at 185: Anderson Silva.

Anderson is somebody I would love to fight because when it’s all said and done, whether you win or lose, to compete against the best in the sport is really what it’s all about. You know, if I can walk away from my career and say I competed against some of the best in the sport in my time and era, then I can wrap up and say I had a really good career. So, if the opportunity comes, and that fight happens, yeah, I would drop to 185 to fight (Silva).

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  • Naro

    If he were a little more brave and a little less boring I am sure that Dana would offer him that fight with no doubt, but being the blanket at 205 Nobody cares if he fights or if he does not

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    I say IF Anderson loses to chael they can make the fight happen at 205 as a turnaround fight for Andy,that is of course if Anderson doesn’t get an immediate rematch in case of a loss

  • sandman

    Would be an intersting fight. What I don’t understand is Evans saying he just wants to say he fought with the best. That means absolutely nothing if turns out like what happened to him when Machida did to him. Meaningless….

  • Matt Silliman

    I can see Rashad walking around at much more weight than Anderson does. If he changed his diet just a little, it might not be too bad dropping the extra pounds. Although with so many contenders at 185 right now (Munoz, Bisping, Sonnen, Belcher, Lombard) I don’t see the need for Rashad to drop weight.

    I would like to hear him say, “I’ve been in there with Jones and have a good idea of what I need to do to win” however, I think Rashad knows that fighting Jones in training and fighting him for real aren’t the same.

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