Former MMA Champion Rashad Evans Possibly Moving To Middleweight

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Former light heavyweight MMA champion Rashad Evans is set to face Dan Henderson, which will take place at UFC 161.  Evans is in a must-win scenario as he has lost two straight now to Jon Jones and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.  In both losses, Evans simply looked flat and didn’t really execute his wrestling game, which is some of the best in the UFC.

The state of the UFC today implies that fighters are walking on eggs shells if they get on a losing streak.  Just look what happened to Jon Fitch.  The UFC cut him from their roster after only one loss.  It’s hard times to be a fighter, but Evans doesn’t feel he is in jeopardy of losing his job if he doesn’t come out victorious against Henderson.  On UFC Tonight, Evans described the dilemma he is is faced with in terms of his fighting career.

“If I lose my next fight, I would consider dropping down a weight class. If I drop down to 185 and things weren’t going right, then I would think about retiring.”

A drop to the middleweight would be very interesting as he would have a size and strength advantage over almost every fighter he would face.  Evans has some of the best transition wrestling in the division and has knockout power in his hands.  One can only wonder how well his power would translate to the middleweight division.  First things first, however, as he will be in for a war at UFC 161.

So will Evans defeat Henderson and resurrect his career at light heavyweight or will Henderson force Evans down to 185?  Stay tuned!