With Rashad Evans close friend, and teammate, Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson challenging Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight strap at UFC 187, Evans knows his future at light heavyweight won’t include fighting for the title if ‘Rumble’ defeats Jones.
He spoke at the UFC Fight Night 61 Q&A:
“When Anthony wins, I’m not going to fight Anthony. I’m just going to help him be the strongest champ he can be. At that point, I may go down to 185 or do some superfights or whatever.”
“I’ve got to chase the belt. I can’t just be hanging around, doing these fights for money. I’ve got to fight for something. At that point, if he wins, I’ll probably drop down to 185.”
“If Anthony wins, I definitely would strongly consider moving down to 185. One of the biggest problems for me is just being able to cut down. Believe it or not, I’m pretty heavy. I get up to like 240 (pounds). If I went down, it would have to be over a period of time, and I’d have to do it like Machida did it.
“Machida went down and stayed down and kind of chipped away at it. That’s what I would have to do: Reset my body to go lower and lower and then kind of stay lower. It would be a hard cut for me cutting from 240 all the way to 185.”
“I want to compete against the best, and if Jones loses, I definitely want to fight Jones again. We were teammates. We competed against each other, and it was a great time, but I still am competitive, and I would like to get that fight back. No matter what, I want to get that.”