The past few days have featured talk from UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans, as well as UFC President Dana White, regarding the possibility of Evans dropping down to middleweight and challenging champion Anderson Silva. Of course, to receive true consideration for the task, Evans has to defeat Antonio Rogerio Nogueira tonight at UFC 156.
As such, Evans hasn’t lost sight of his actual scrap in favor of one that may or may not materialize in the future. The former 205-pound champion reiterated that point during a conversation with Fuel TV after weigh-ins where he made it clear he’s taking his career one tilt at a time.
“There’s no extra pressure for me because the fight remains what is. Not until this fight is done can we even talk about (Silva), talk about everything that comes along with it as far as making weight too,” explained Evans after being asked about his recent attachment to potential action against the pound-for-pound great.
Evans also assured fans he’s as hungry now as he’s ever been despite talk last year about retiring from MMA with gas left in the tank.
“I just get tired of everything that comes along with fighting but being away from the sport helped me get that fire back; helped me appreciate and understand why I do this,” confirmed the 33-year old who hasn’t fought since a loss to Jon Jones last April.
Nogueira-Evans is set to serve as this evening’s co-headliner. As usual, the PPV broadcast starts at 10:00 PM EST and Five Ounces of Pain will be providing live results for readers unable to watch.
The complete interview with Evans can be viewed below:
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