Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans are set to do battle this weekend at UFC 167 which has a lot of implications for both fighters. Each are looking to get a win in hopes of reasserting themselves in the light heavyweight division, and a loss would be detrimental to their fighting careers.
Sonnen comes into this bout off one of his most impressive victories inside the UFC. He would submit Shogun Rua, a black belt in jiu jitsu, with a guillotine in the very first round. Before the submission, Sonnen dominated with his wrestling, proving he still has a lot to prove in his fighting career. Sonnen has only really lost to the best of them in the UFC, which includes Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. A win over Evans would be his biggest victory to date and certainly position him for bigger fights in the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions.
Evans comes into this bout off a much-needed win over Dan Henderson. In this bout, Evans was able to pressure Henderson, forcing scrambles to win the bout. It was a closely contested bout where Evans was given a split decision victory, and he will be looking to have a much better performance against Sonnen.
Evans is the former light heavyweight world champion, and he has all of the tools in the world to beat any man that stands across from him. However, recently, it seemed like Evans lost his motivation to compete, which could be seen in his loss with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Against Sonnen, Evans will look to get the killer instinct back, and he certainly has the power in his hands and feet to finish Sonnen if the opportunity presents itself.
It should be a great co-main event where the winner will move on to bigger and better things in the light heavyweight division. So, will Evans get his killer instinct back or will Sonnen’s pressure and wrestling be too much for ‘Suga’? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.