There’s a fight a-brewing, according to Ariel Helwani — and it will feature two of the UFC’s top wrestling-based fighters at 205 lbs.
The veteran journalist and UFC broadcaster announced that two of MMA’s top light heavyweights, Rashad Evans (seen above) and Ryan Bader, are eying a meeting this Fall.
The two are said to be hopeful for a clash on October 3 at UFC 192 in Houston, Texas.
The 35 year old Evans is a former UFC light heavyweight champion, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season Two, and boasts a 19-3-1 overall record in MMA. Previously, he enjoyed a successful stint wresting for Michigan State. But he has struggled with injury lately — specifically, an ACL tear — and hasn’t been seen in the cage since November 2013. In his last Octagon appearance, Evans earned a first round TKO victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in Las Vegas.
The 32 year old Bader, who won Season Eight of The Ultimate Fighter, has been much more active of late — last fighting in January of this year, where he defeated Phil Davis by split decision. An NCAA All-American wrestler for Arizona State, Bader is 19-4 in MMA overall and is currently enjoying a four fight win streak.
The news was announced on tonight’s episode of UFC Tonight, which was broadcast on Fox Sports 2.