After an impressive effort at UFC 167, former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is expecting another high-profile opponent in his next fight. After dominating his friend and fellow broadcasting colleague Chael Sonnen in Las Vegas with a first-round ground-and-pound finish, it looks as though “Suga” may be getting Daniel Cormier in his next fight. Evans recently hinted at the possibility. He has rejuvenated his career with back-to-back wins over Sonnen and Dan Henderson and hasn’t looked anything like the fighter who turned in a tentative effort in a decision loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Cormier is undefeated in his 12-fight career and has registered decision victories over Roy Nelson and Frank Mir in his UFC tenure. The former Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix winner is making the move down in weight from the heavyweight ranks to avoid any possible conflict with his training partner and current heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
With the light-heavyweight division tied up right now with Jon Jones expected to make his next defense against Glover Teixeira, and top-contender Alexander Gustafsson fighting Jimi Manuwa, Evans against Cormier is truly the best fight that can be made. Evans had expressed an interest in fighting Teixeira or Gustafsson next but that won’t happen unless he’s willing to stay on the sidelines for several months. There’s no reason to do that because Evans didn’t suffer any significant damage in the Sonnen fight and should be more than ready to make a quick turnaround.
While Cormier would represent another fight against another broadcasting colleague, it really makes the most sense when you factor in what’s going on in the rest of the division. Evans has already fought Phil Davis and Nogueira in fights that were pretty forgettable. He’s beaten Henderson and Sonnen and every other top-10 contender either has a fight set, or is moving down to middleweight. Cormier is not only the best option but seems to be the only one at the moment.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports