Rashad Evans: Weight classes are real, Conor knows that now

UFC 196

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans predicted that Nate Diaz would upset Conor McGregor on just 11 days notice in a welterweight bout that headlined UFC 196 just over a week ago.

“Suga” was a recent guest on Ariel Helwani’s show ‘The MMA Hour‘ where he explained his decision to bet against the current featherweight champion:

With McGregor, I felt like he was a lot different this last fight because — he wasn’t the same person. It seemed like he was putting on a little bit too much just for the show. And I know the woes of putting on too much for the show because I know at the end of the day you’re taking away from what makes you sharp in the cage.”

Evans suggests that Conor sticks to his natural 145-pound weight class because as Conor has now learned – “size matters”. His words:

“I don’t think [Conor] should go against Diaz,” Evans said. “I think that he should stay at his weight class at 145 and dominate at 145 and be the best 145-pounder he can be. I think the fact that he’s ambitious enough to go up in weight class and wants to say that weight classes don’t mean nothing, it’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. We’ve seen what weight classes can do when he went to 170. Weight class is real. It’s real. We need them. He knows that now.”

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