Former UFC light-heavyweight champion, ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans (19-3-1) isn’t even a week off of his last fight, which ended in a first round TKO over his UFC on FOX co-anchor (Chael Sonnen) and talks of his next big opponent are already realistic ones.
In Fact, Evans, could be the first man to fight two co-workers in the Octagon as his next opponent is likely to be Daniel Cormier (13-0), bringing him into the 205-pound division.
Evans lit a fire under the rumor by appearing on UFC Tonight and stating he believes Cormier will be his next opponent given their standings in their respective divisions (until Cormier drops to light-heavyweight) and also due to the fact that former number one contender Alexander Gustafsson already has a fight booked opposite Jimi Manuwa.
Cormier is noted for having had kidney problems from extreme weight cuts during his Olympic wrestling career dating back to 2008. Since then, Cormier has changed his diet and made positive life choices in an attempt to cut the weight as safely as possible and avoid a fight with teammate and heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
Cormier did look slimmer in his previous fight with Roy Nelson coming in 11-pounds lighter than his April clash with Frank Mir, but only time will tell if his new approach to cutting will be as successful as he hopes it to be.
For Evans, talk of a move to middleweight were put on hold with his dominant win over Sonnen. He now seems poised to take on the top fighters the light-heavyweight division has to offer.
A bout between Evans and Cormier carries heavy title implications with it as both men seem close getting a shot at the belt due to their recent performances in the octagon.