Rashad Evans Could Be Next in Line to Face Anderson Silva

February 1, 2013
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Former UFC light heavyweight titleholder “Sugar” Rashad Evans could have more on the line in his UFC 156 co-main event with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira than just another solid win in the 205-pound division.  Evans, with a win Saturday night, could find himself next in line to face middleweight champion Anderson Silva, if he decides to drop a weight class.

Evans has expressed interest in dropping down to the 185-pound division.  He’s gone on record saying he feels he can defeat Silva, the top ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world.  The writing seems to be on the wall that the match-up could happen and is definitely being considered by UFC matchmakers.

“If Rashad won on Saturday night and wanted to go to 185, I would consider that (a match with Anderson Silva)” said UFC president Dana White.

The two candidates to face Silva in his next title defense are Chris Weidman and Rashad Evans.  White confirmed that on Thurday at the UFC 156 media day, but didn’t make it clear who is more likely to face Silva next.

“Here’s the thing, a lot of people think that Chris Weidman is the number one contender right now.  If Rashad made the move from 205 pounds to 185 pounds, it would be tough to say that he’s not the number one contender,” said White.

Evans made his way to the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter in the series’ second season.  He won his way into the UFC competing as a heavyweight during that season of the reality show. Evans would go on to capture the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 92 in late 2008 by defeating then-champion Forrest Griffin.  All of Evans’ UFC fights, outside of The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 Finale, have taken place in the 205-pound weight class.

Weidman is undefeated, but isn’t near the level of Evans as far as popularity or name recognition.

White made it clear that if Evans wants to fight Silva, which he has stated that he does, Evans must take the fight in the middleweight division.  There will be no catch-weight fights.

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  • bajafox

    This is what I’ve been thinking all along… Rashad is the best and most marketable opponent for Anderson’s title right now, if he can only make 185. Time to call up Dolce

  • Rashad is a pretty big guy. He’s only 5’11 but he is a beast of a man. He has had success at HW and LHW. With his only losses being to Lyoto and Jones he still has a place in that division. If he finishes Lil Nog he should be in talks for a title shot. I don’t know how he would be conditioning wise at MW. Evans vs Silva at 205 sounds nice. IMO.

  • tyrone

    Anderson will fight anyone except weidman or bones. He knows they are a bad match up for him.I think silva would retire if forced to face weidman. Props to weidman for showing silva “yeller “.dana needs to grow a backbone

  • mickey

    I feel that silva runs ufc and dana is the yes man. I do think silva is ducking weidman and bones but also believe rashad can win against silva. But rashad should not be allowed to jump in front of weidman. That’s bull. I will find out the results free to ufc and never buy ppv again because dana doesnt make champs fight number one contenders.

  • grampappy

    Silva has beat a bunch of no name fighters in a weak division and refuses to fight someone he deems a threat and comes up with excuses. No one wants beat up, this should be his excuse. Hes the weakest champ in the weakest division. He should lose belt by forfeiture for not fighting weidman.

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    • Lucas Freire

      What the…?
      Just tell me,what Weidman did to get the #1 contender slot? Defeated a much smaller Maia and,a washed up overhyped Munoz? Other than that he only has wins over Alessio Sakara and Tom Lawlor…lol
      The fact that he’s actually going to get this fight shows that Sonnen ruined the sport. Now to get big fights you don’t have to buld a great streak of wins,you just have to be an arrogant prick who thinks is the #1 contender(One day Bisping will also get his Silva fight,just by doing thrash talking)

      • who did patrick cote beat and maia he got ko’ed by maquardt then won one fight vs dan miller before he got a title shot

        • Lucas Freire

          The division had a lack of guys with winning streaks back then,the division now is much more competitive.

  • grampappy

    Silva is weakest champion in weakest division and he should lose belt by forfeiture for not fighting number one contender weidman. Weidman is peoples champion.

  • The reason Anderson would rather not fight Weidman is because Weidman does no have a big name.
    Anderson makes relatively little money considering his skill set. In order to get more fan/media attention, he needs to beat fighters with bigger fan bases, thus wining these fans for himself and make more money.

  • DroppingMMAknowledge

    Rashad needs to add more offense to his game and stop relying on only tjat right hand…this is an wasy fight for silva handa down!!