In 2016, former light
heavyweight champion Rashad Evans returned to the Octagon after battling a series
of unfortunate injuries which kept him sidelined for the better part of three
years. Despite competing at light heavyweight for most of his career, Evans always
thought about moving down a division and testing himself against some of the
His first test would come
against another former light heavyweight standout in Glover Texeira at UFC on
Fox 19. It took Texeira a little over a minute to knock Evans out with a huge
left hand followed by some ground and pound. While his first fight at
middleweight did not go as planned, Evans was determined to stick around in the
division and hopefully revitalize his career.
Evans returned to the division
again in 2017 and fought Daniel Kelly and Sam Alvey at UFC 209 and UFC Fight
Night 114 respectively. He would lose both fights by split decision, which now
made his record 0-3 at middleweight. This marks the first time Evans has lost
four fights in a row during his career.
Clearly at a crossroads
in his career, Evans needs to make yet another comeback to prove he’s still got
some juice left in him. And that’s exactly what he intends to do.
During a recent interview
on MMAjunkie Radio, Evans talked about moving back up to light heavyweight in
hopes of getting a win again.
“I really don’t know, to
be honest,” said Evans. “I’m moving back up to (light heavyweight), I’m on a
four-fight losing streak, and I’m looking to bounce back in a big way. I have
to bounce back in a big way.”
While most fighters in
this predicament may want to play it safe, Evans is quite the opposite. According
to the former champion, he doesn’t care who is in front of him or where the
fight will be. He just wants a win.
“I’m hungry, I’m
desperate, and I’m ready for whoever.”
A fight that makes sense
for Evans’ reintroduction into light heavyweight would be against another
former champion in Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The pair was scheduled to meet twice
before in the last few years but an injury to Evans and a card change for Rua
would halt those attempts.
A fight between these two
is inevitable and it would be the perfect way for Evans to come back into the