“Ultimate Fighter” season two winner, Rashad Evans, gave Jon Jones his toughest test as the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light-heavyweight champion at UFC 145, but he wasn’t able to dethrone the promotion’s youngest champion, losing via unanimous decision.
With his UFC 145 loss to Jones, it’s back to the drawing board for Evans, as he tries to fight his way back towards title contention.
Rashad has been the most successful TUF alumni in the UFC, fighting his way to the light-heavyweight title without taking a single loss. With a current MMA record of 17-2-1, Evans is clearly one of the best fighters in the UFC, but I’m not sure he’ll ever be able to defeat the ever evolving Jones.
A move to the middleweight division seems to be Rashad’s most logical option, considering the fact he is an undersized light-heavyweight at 5’11”. At 185 pounds, Rashad Evans would definitely be a force to be reckoned with, and I can’t see any one besides current middleweight champion, Anderson Silva giving him any problems in the division. Given the fact Silva probably won’t be around much longer, the UFC’s middleweight division seems like a suitable home for the former light-heavyweight champion.
However, Rashad doesn’t seem very enthusiastic about cutting down to 185 pounds, but he is open to the possibility.
“I’m a 205 pounder,” Evans said when asked about a potential move to the middleweight division at the UFC 145 post-fight conference. “I’ve only lost twice, and I lost to some good competitors. It’ll be nice if I won all my fights, but it don’t happen like that sometimes. If an opportunity happens at 185, then I’ll take it. But I like 205. I feel like I can work my way back up, and get back to another title shot.
Hopefully, UFC officials will be able to convince Evans to drop down to the middleweight division, as I for one would love to see him compete there.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.