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Former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Rashad Evans said today on a UFC156 press call that he believes he can beat UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Rashad Evans faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at next Saturday's UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar. However many of the questions for Evans on today's media call involved a potential move down to 185lbs to challenge Anderson Silva.
First Evans was asked about the potential cut in weight. He's a smallish Light Heavyweight but making 185lbs would not be a given. Here's what Rashad had to say (transcribed by MMA Mania):
Rashad Evans: It would be a lifestyle change, not just prefight stuff. The whole diet year-round would have to change. Naturally, my body goes to like 235 when I'm not consistently training. I'd have to change everything about my diet on a daily basis. If the opportunity were available, I would do so. One reason why I didn't do it was, "Why would I make the drop to 185 if I'm in the same place I'm at at 205?" Why cut the extra 20 pounds? If it were a title shot or against a top contender or something that people want to see, then again, at the same time, I'm already at the top of my division. For me to go to 185, I'd have to start over and prove myself at 185. I am good at 205, but who's to know how good I'd be at 185? There's a lot of variables that would come into play. First thing's first, I'd have to do a test cut and see how I feel there. That'd be some other options that I would think about as well if I would consider doing it. It's a big question mark for me. Once I got past 30, my body started changing a bit. It used to be really easy to make 205 and now I have to be careful about supplements that can mess with my weight. I can be 227-230 without even trying. I'd have to get a dietitian or get on the Dolce Diet or something haha.
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As for his chances against the man widely considered the greatest martial artist of all time? Evans is confident:
It would be a tremendous honor to have held the belt in two different division and also to beat Anderson Silva. I get excited every time I get a chance to watch him fight. When my career is said and done, i want to say I competed against some of the best guys in history. Fighting Anderson Silva is something for me, to say I went against the best ever. Fighting against that guy and beating that guy, because I do believe I can defeat Anderson Silva.
Evans faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156 on February 2. The fight will be on the pay-per-view card live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What do you think? Who wants to see Rashad drop down to challenge Silva?
Should Rashad Evans move down to 185 pounds and challenge Anderson Silva if he beats Little Nog at UFC 156?
Yes but only if he gets a KO or submission (211 votes)
Yes but only if he wins a big fight at MW first (327 votes)
Yes even with a decision win over Nog, immediate title shot (501 votes)
No, stick to 205lbs (171 votes)
1210 total votes