MANILA, Philippines – Former UFC light-heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans has been inactive since losing to reigning champion Jon “Bones” Jones in their title clash last April, and it seems as though he won’t return to the Octagon any time soon.
“I was hoping in December, by the end of the year, but it looks like it’s not going to happen,” Evans said, as quoted by Bloody Elbow. “Maybe in February or March.”
But Evans noted that the big question is “who am I going to fight.”
One fighter Evans has on his wishlist is fellow ex-champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida of Brazil, the man who gave him his first career loss.
“The guy who I really want to fight more than anything is a guy I lost to, my first loss, and it’s Machida,” Evans admitted.
“He looked good against (Ryan) Bader and I want to get that one back. I want to get it back bad. That’s the one I really want the most,” he added.
Evans won the title when he defeated Forrest Griffin via a third round technical knockout at UFC 92. But he lost the belt in his very first title defense, getting knocked out by Machida in the second round.
Evans is also open to moving down to the middleweight division and challenging long-time champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
“That’s a big opportunity to fight Anderson. Anderson’s one of those guys whom I consider my favorite fighters to watch,” he said. “To have an opportunity to fight him would be a dream come true for me.”