It’s been almost five years since Rashad Evans has held the light heavyweight title. After a failed run at the belt against Jon Jones in 2012, rumors began to circulate that “Suga” would be making a move to the UFC’s middleweight division. In a recent interview however, Evans shot this idea down, saying that he’s still more than capable of winning the LHW title.
“I’m staying at 205 until there’s something big at 185 that makes more sense than 205, but I’ve been a light heavyweight for the longest time, so it’s hard just to make that jump down without some good reason,” Evans told Bleacher Report. “It’s like why do that when I don’t need to cut? I’m already in a position where I’m pretty high ranked in my weight division, and I’m not worried about fighting [Jon] Jones, I’m not afraid to fight Jones. I think that I can beat Jones. It’s not something like ‘Oh Jones is at 205 maybe I should move weight classes that way I can get a belt.’ Hell no, I want to fight Jones.”
In fact, Evans doesn’t just want to fight Jones, he knows “for sure” that he will be victorious in a rematch.
“I would love to have a few more rounds with Jon,” Evans said. “Jon is a fighter, he’s a great fighter, one of the best I’ve ever seen, one of the best I’ve ever competed against. I’d like to challenge myself to get a chance to fight him, it would be amazing. I know for sure, for a fact, this time if I fight him, I won’t be walking away with a loss.”
Evans last faced Dan Henderson UFC 161, winning the fight by split decision. He is currently 18-3, and is currently ranked #5 in the division.