Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans hasn’t been attached to any fights since coming up short on the scorecards in April against current title-holder Jon Jones. However, Evans has been keeping himself busy since then including work alongside Vitor Belfort as “The Phenom” prepares to face Jones on September 22 at UFC 152.
As far as his own future, Evans recently stated he is still open to drop down to 185 pounds if the fight is right but only if the pairing puts him closer to a title-shot than he currently is at 205.
“I don’t know how far I am from getting a title shot. You never know with the UFC, so I’m just going to keep fighting and competing to be a champion, and whatever breaks free, breaks free,” explained Evans in an interview with MMAFighting. “If I get an opportunity at 185 and it’s a serious opportunity, then I’ll take it. Same thing at 205.”
“I’m still pursuing the championship any way I can,” he continued. “I want to see what opportunity is at 185, who I have to fight and where would it lead me to, because it really makes no sense for me to drop down to 185 to be in the exact same position I am at 205 where I don’t have to cut.”
The 17-2-1 Evans also added his relationship with Belfort has nothing to do with his future decision in terms of weight class, stating the process was related to a simple desire to see a legend succeed at becoming champion once again at this point in his career.
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