Rashad Evans has heard his name pop up quite a bit lately – and it centers around the middleweight division.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion is set to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156, but that hasn’t stopped the constant questions surrounding a potential drop to 185. During a recent conference call, Evans was asked what it would take to move down to the division.
It would be a lifestyle change. “My whole diet year-round would have to change. Naturally, my body goes to like 235, 230 when I am not training. I would really have to change my diet on a daily basis. If the opportunity was there (to compete for the title, or in a No. 1 contender match), I would do it.
Evans added that he sees no point in making the weight cut just to be placed in a similar situation that he is currently in. “Suga” was defeated by Jon Jones in 2012, keeping him from retaining the title. He is viewed as an elite 205-pounder, but the division boasts many new faces to contend with.
Since capturing the title of Ultimate Fighter as a heavyweight, Evans has defeated the likes of Forrest Griffin, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell and Phil Davis.