Although Rashad Evans may not have buzzed the MMA masses with his split decision win over Dan Henderson at UFC 161, the former champ did end a two fight losing skid and continues to hold down the promotion’s #4 light-heavyweight ranking. It was a huge win for “Suga”, who not long ago had won four straight to lock up a title fight with Jon Jones in April, 2012 (the champ won via unanimous decision).
So, while a win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 almost certainly won’t push Evans to the front of the title shot line, it would be a crucial victory for the 34 year-old, if he intends to make another run. Here is what Evans had to say about that subject, in a recent interview he did with Fighters Only Magazine.
“I hit a bit of a slump losing two fights in a row, so now I am getting back on track with my win against Dan Henderson. I want to get back in the race, I want to get another fight with Jon Jones, he’s at the top right now and I want to work my way back up there and get another chance to fight him.”
Of course, men like Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson are in Evans’ way, and Phil Davis and possibly Daniel Cormier are also in the mix as well. Still, if Evans gets by Sonnen and defeats a top three contender after that, a title shot could be in reach. And speaking of Gustafsson, here’s what Evans had to say about “The Mauler’s” epic battle with Jones at UFC 145.
“I thought Gustafsson won. It was a great fight but I thought he did more than Jones. And he surprised Jones; that’s the worst thing that can happen in a fight, when you didn’t expect a guy to be as tough as he is. Jones experienced that and had a hard time adjusting to it.”
Evans will throw down with Sonnen at UFC 167, which will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by a welterweight fight between champion Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks, which should be an edge of your seat grabber.
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