You’ve got to know when to hold ’em. Know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away. And know when to … drop to middleweight.
With his career at a crossroads, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (pictured) has decided to shed 20 pounds and move to the 185 pound division.
Evans made the announcement during Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 87 post-fight show on Fox Sports 1 where he was serving as analyst.
“Suga” is just three weeks removed from getting knocked out cold by Glover Teixeira in just 108 seconds. It was Evans’ fourth loss in his past six outings, including two straight.
Following the bout, Evans said he was embarrassed by his performance. UFC president Dana White took it a step further and predicted it was likely the last time “The Ultimate Fighter 2” winner would compete.
It appears it would be the last time, for now, Evans would compete in the division he once ruled.
Evans, who turns 37 in September, owns a 19-5-1 professional record, though his best years left him long ago after succumbing to a slew of injuries. The highlight of his career came in 2008 when he TKO’d Forrest Griffin to capture the UFC light heavyweight title.
Evans proceeded to lose the belt in his next outing when Lyoto Machida put him to sleep.
Dropping weight classes is a common move for aging fighters who are looking to get their careers back on track in hopes of one final run at the gold. Let’s see how this works out for Evans.