Could he do it? According to the former champ, he made the cut in college for wrestling, but it’s not ideal. Despite losing a unanimous decision to current champ Jon Jones, he would like to continue fighting at his natural weight in the 205 pound division. However, should a shot against the greatest mixed martial artist of all time ever came up, Evans says he would jump at the chance.
“I thought about (moving to middleweight), then I thought about how hard that weight cut is. I used to wrestle at 174 in college, I would cut so much weight on a continuous basis and I was like, ‘You know what? If I ever have to compete again, I’m not cutting weight like that’. Because what ends up happening is, the philosophy is, ‘Oh well you go down to a lower weight and you’ll be stronger’. Not necessarily.
Some people go down to a lower weight and they’re actually weaker, and I felt like when I was the best athlete I could be in college wrestling, is when I wrestled to my natural weight. So that’s what I try to do in fighting, I try to compete at my natural weight. I may go to 185 and not be the same fighter because I’m maybe cutting too much weight.”
“Anderson Silva is somebody I would love to fight because when it’s all said and done, whether you win or lose, to compete against the best in the sport is really what it’s all about. You know, if I can walk away from my career and say I competed against some of the best in the sport in my time and era, then I can wrap up and say I had a really great career. So if the opportunity comes, and that fight happens, yeah I would drop to 185 to fight. Why not?”
Not a likely match-up, but you never know what could happen in the coming years. Anderson Silva has even hinted at moving up to 205 pounds in the future.