The UFC middleweight division looks to be following suit of the light heavyweight division contender line-up. Just as Jon Jones receives back-to-back middleweights as opponents–talks of LHW Rashad Evans moving down to challenge Anderson Silva start. Of course Evans will need to get past his test tomorrow at UFC 156, in Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, as the two are set to face-off in the co-main event.
“I would consider Rashad,” White said. “If Rashad won on Saturday night and wanted to go to 185, we would consider that.”
In regards to the last standing contender in the division, Chris Weidman, he may need to wait a little longer according to White.
“A lot of people think Chris Weidman is the No. 1 contender right now,” White said. “If Rashad made a move from 205 down to 185, it’d be safe to say he’s now No. 1.”
Evans was recently quoted on UFC Tonight stating that he would make the move down for the match and even believes he is a bad match-up for Silva in regards to his wrestling pedigree.
I think he’s thinking along the lines of [Georges St-Pierre],” Evans said when asked which big name he thought Silva wanted to fight. “Not saying I’m better than GSP, but in his mind he’s bigger than GSP so he’s a better matchup for him. I don’t think he’ll want to fight me. But Anderson, he has a right to be picky about who he’ll fight. He’s pretty much cleaning out his weight class and beat everyone he’s fighting by a long shot. I guess when you do that you can afford to be picky.”