Evans considers drop to middleweight, fight with Silva
Many men have tried and many men have failed in their quest to defeat Anderson Silva. In fact, since joining the UFC in 2006, sixteen men straight have fallen to the "spider". Front kicks, triangles, jabs, rear naked chokes, and knees have all put a halt to those fighter's dreams. However, former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans wants you to know he is none of those fighters and he can defeat the greatest fighter in all of MMA.
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.
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.
As we have known since Michael Bisping was head-kicked out of title contention, the mystery over who will fight Silva has grown immensely. We know that Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman are waiting in the wings. However, we also know that the 37-year old middleweight champion has stated that he wants to fight the biggest names available. If Evans is able to defeat Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156, we could have our answer to the biggest question in MMA.
Evans, who surely has name value in the fight world, would likely be too far from another title shot with Jon Jones. If that would indeed prove to be the case, an immediate title fight with Silva could be a tempting enough offer for the now 33-year old former champion to drop the weight and switch divisions. The fight would also serve Silva well, as the he would get another big time opponent and potentially add another check mark on his already epic resume.
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