Rashad Evans may be the UFC’s #4th ranked light-heavyweight, but if his Blackzilians teammate Anthony Johnson wins the promotion’s title on May 23rd, “Suga” could be heading to a new division. Johnson has been booked to fight the long reigning champ, Jon Jones, on May 23rd, after he quickly took out Alexander Gustafsson last month.
Since Evans remains one of the division’s top contenders, the former champ was recently asked at a fan Q&A, what he’ll do if “Rumble” wins the title at UFC 187. Here is some of what Evans had to say (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“When Anthony wins, I’m not going to fight Anthony,” Evans said. “I’m just going to help him be the strongest champ he can be. At that point, I may go down to 185 or do some superfights or whatever.
“I’ve got to chase the belt. I can’t just be hanging around, doing these fights for money. I’ve got to fight for something. At that point, if he wins, I’ll probably drop down to 185.”
Really, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Evans has said he doesn’t want to fight teammates in the past. Yes, he fought Jones, but that wasn’t until he had a falling out with his former, Jackson’s MMA teammate.
Evans went on to add that he can get up to “240” pounds, and as a result, if he were to move to 185 he need some time to make the transition. Yeah. No kidding.
And, speaking of Jones, Evans also relayed that he wants to face Jones on more time, as he wants to get that “fight back.” The two met in 2012 and Jones won the bout via unanimous decision.
If you missed it a few days ago, Evans won’t be fighting any time soon, as he recently underwent surgery once again for his ACL. The well rounded fighter is expected to be sidelined until late 2015.
Evans hasn’t fought now since November, 2013, when he stopped Chael Sonnen in the opening round.