Rashad Evans says he may drop to Middleweight if he loses to Dan Henderson at UFC 161

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Following his decision loss to Lil Nog, Evans is coming off consecutive losses for the first time in his career. While he's confident he won't be cut if he loses to Hendo at UFC 161, he says that would make him consider a drop to the lighter weight class.

Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is coming off one of the most disappointing performances of his MMA career. Despite being heavily favored heading into his bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Evans gave up a lackluster decision to him at UFC 156. The loss was only the third of Evans career, but pushed him back out of title contention in both the Light Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions.

He'll have a chance to redeem himself in June when he's scheduled to face former Pride FC champion Dan Henderson at UFC 161. On Tuesday's UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani inquired about his plans if he's unable to defeat Hendo:

If I lose my next fight, I would consider dropping down a weight class. If I drop down to 185 and things weren't going right, then I would think about retiring.

While suffering 3 consecutive losses would be devastating to Rashad, a move to 185 lbs. would promise a lot of exciting matches and possibly a chance at Anderson Silva's title. First, he'll fight Henderson as the co-main of the June 15 event. The headlining bout will feature Renan Barao's second chance to defend his interim Bantamweight title in the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.


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