MANILA, Philippines – Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans is willing to move down to the middleweight division for a fight against the defending champion, Anderson Silva.
Speaking with ProMMANow, Evans admitted he does not want to fight at middleweight because of the difficulty of cutting weight to make it to the 185-pound limit.
“I try to compete at my natural weight,” he said, as quoted by Bloody Elbow. “I may go to 185 and not be the same fighter, because I’m maybe cutting too much weight.”
Evans is small for a light heavyweight but used his speed to his advantage, even winning the light heavyweight belt in 2008.
The only reason he would consider dropping down to middleweight is for a fight with the division’s champion, Silva.
“If the opportunity comes, and that fight happens, yeah, I would drop to 185 to fight,” Evans said.
“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,” he added.
“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 great career.”
Evans recently lost to defending UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones via unanimous decision at UFC 145. It was only his second career loss.
Silva, meanwhile, will defend the UFC middleweight belt for the 10th time against rival Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 on July 7.