Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has not competed in mixed martial arts since his decision loss to current champion Jon Jones at UFC 145 in April. However, he plans to return to competition shortly, and not (as many had speculated) at a new weight class – at least not yet. Instead of moving down to middleweight to make a run at Anderson Silva’s belt, Evans plans to remain at light heavyweight at least for his next fight.
Evans admits that his desire for a rematch with Jones makes leaving the light heavyweight decision a difficult decision. That is not to say, however, that he has completely ruled out the possibility of competing at middleweight at some point in the future. In fact, he appears to be using this next fight as a bit of a trial run to gauge the feasibility of dropping the extra weight.
Evans told ESPN, “I’m using this cut to see how far I can get (the weight) down. I’d like to get on the scale somewhere around 201, like (Lyoto) Machida did. I’m using this fight to get my weight down and keep it under control. Afterward it might be easier for me to go down to 185.”
No announcement has yet been made regarding an opponent for Evans’ return bout. He is currently in discussions with UFC matchmakers to determine who he will face next; regardless, he hopes to fight again in either December of this year or January of next year.