Rashad Evans returned to form last Saturday night after taking out Chael Sonnen. It was a dominating performance from Evans, who was able to quickly get Sonnen to the ground and pound him out for the stoppage. It’s a huge feather in Evans’ cap, and the win gets him right in the mix in the light heavyweight division.
So, what’s next for Evans at this point in his fighting career? Currently, Jon Jones is set to defend his belt against Glover Teixeira, and Alexander Gustafsson is set to do battle with Jimi Manuwa. The only viable contender fight for Evans at this point would be against Daniel Cormier, who is currently making his way down to the light heavyweight division. This fight would be huge for both fighters, and it would allow a viable contender to emerge to fight for the belt.
In terms of a stylistic match up, this one would be fun. Cormier is arguably the best wrestler in MMA right now, having been wrestling at the Olympic level for many years. His hands, thanks to training at American Kickboxing Academy alongside Cain Velasquez, also have made marketed improvements. He has already had success in the heavyweight division, and he could pose some problems for a lot of fighters in the light heavyweight division.
Evans is the former light heavyweight champion, and he’s one of the best MMA wrestlers as well. His knockout power could pose serious problems for Cormier, making this bout all the more intriguing.