Rashad Evans is not the biggest light heavyweight in the game, but that hasn't held him back from being a UFC champion. Speed is a big part of his game so being a bit smaller is actually an asset. That being said, the idea of him dropping to 185 pounds for a middleweight run has always been intriguing.
The subject of Evans dropping to middleweight came up in an interview with Rashad by ProMMANow and Rashad didn't sound like the biggest fan of the idea, except in a specific case.
Here's the interview:
Quotes after the jump...
From the video (transcription via Fight Cove):
"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."
Rashad Vs. Silva is actually one of my personal "dream fights" given that I think the two match up in an extremely compelling way. I also think fights like Rashad vs. Sonnen and Bisping (rematch at a different weight sounds interesting to me).
For now it's just a dream, but if Silva dispatches of Sonnen in their rematch and the UFC feels compelled to try to get creative in making some big fights, maybe it gets done.