The winner of TUF season two at heavyweight, Rashad Evans is looking to make another drop in weight – moving to 185 pounds. A former champ in his current 205 pound division, Evans recently suffered a loss to current champ, Jon Jones. This mixed with a desire to take on pound-for-pound best Anderson Silva are the ley factors in contemplating a move down.
“I’ve been thinking about going down to middleweight lately,” Evans said to ESPN.com. “I haven’t totally made up my mind. It’s something I’m going to think about a little more in the coming months and see where my body’s at, but I’m definitely giving it serious consideration. The odds of me moving down to 185 are 50-50 or better.”
Not as big of surprise as Evans had recently tweeted a desire to be next in line to take on Anderson Silva for the title. Jumping ahead of the line may not be realistic admits Evans.
“Yes, I would like to fight Anderson at 185,” Evans said. “Don’t get me wrong, Anderson is my favorite fighter. He’s somebody I’ve looked up to for a long time. But if I had the chance to fight Anderson, it would be a dream come true.
“I’d like to go right into a title fight, but realistically there are other contenders at 185, and to skip over everybody wouldn’t be fair. So, it would make sense for me to establish myself in the weight class and have a fight or two, whatever the case may be.”
With any weight cut an athlete must asses the pros and cons of the move. Evans does share concerns that he may not be as efficient at the lower weight.
“I’m pretty sure I can make the cut,” said Evans, who has a professional mixed martial arts record of 17-2-1, “but I’ve never been down that low. If I decide to move down, I will do a practice cut first to make sure my body can do it. That will determine whether I can fight at middleweight or not.
“I will also talk to my management team as well to see what they think, whether I should move down to 185. The last thing I want to do is move down and become half the athlete I am at 205.
“That’s something that happened to me while wrestling in college (at Michigan State). I cut too much weight, and if I had competed one weight class higher I would have had a better career.”
Evans is making no bones about it. A move down would likely be permanent. Evans now admits that he benefited from the easier weight cuts at 205, making him the speedier fighter in his match-ups. Something he will likely lose, should he choose to move down.
“A move to 185 will be permanent,” Evans said, “but what I’ve been thinking about also is that I’m one of the top contenders at 205, so there really is no reason for me to move other than fighting some different people. At 205 I fight tough guys anyway. Jon Jones is a tough dude.
“I’m a 205-pound fighter and the reason I’ve been successful is that I have attributes that, being a smaller guy, I’m able to bring, like having the speed advantage, things like that. It’s something I might not necessarily have at 185. That’s something I have to think about as well.”