Rashad Evans Should Fight Once in Middleweight Before Title Shot

By Al Stover
Paul Abell – US Presswire

It seems like everyone wants to take a crack at UFC Middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva. The most recent fighter to throw his name in the hat is former light heavyweight champion Rashad “Suga” Evans.

Evans, who is 17-2-1 in his professional MMA career, said he would not refuse a title shot against Silva and while he currently fights at 205 pounds, he said he could probably make the cut. Even UFC President Dana White would argue that if Suga dropped to middleweight, he might get a title shot.

While there seems to be trends of fighters getting a championship match if they ask for it, Evans is not ready for the Spider, especially since he has never fought at 185. If the weight cut affected his health going into the fight, Silva could finish him in the first two frames of the match.

One point the UFC president made was that there was no reason to make the fight if Evans cannot make 185, which is something I agree with. There has been speculation that Silva will fight either current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones or welterweight title holder Georges St-Pierre at a catch weight so why should Evans get a match with Silva instead of Jones or St-Pierre?

Evans is set to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156. If he can get past Nogueira, who is one of Silva’s training partners, than I might ease up on the idea of Evans facing the middleweight champion.


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