Greg Jackson-trained light heavyweight fighter Rashad Evans recently lost his planned shot at Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s light heavyweight belt when he blew out his knee in training and he will be replaced in that bout by younger teammate Jon Jones. Rather than sulk at his missed opportunity, the former 205-pound champ is happy to see “Bones” take the opportunity and his co-manager Malki Kawa recently told MMAJunkie.com that he is even willing to move weight classes if Jones defeats Rua and holds onto the belt.
“[Evans] said he doesn’t want to fight Jon, and I respect that,” Kawa told MMAJunkie. “If he still feels that way after two or three fights, or after Jon wins or loses the belt, there’s a lot of different options.”
Kawa revealed that his client is in the hunt for a championship and that he is not interested in hanging out at light heavyweight, fighting in matches that have little impact on the title picture. No, “Suga” wants a belt, and he is willing to drop down or move up a weight class in order to get one.
“Rashad wants to fight for a championship,” Kawa said. “He doesn’t want some regular fights or whoever it might be. A fight that interests me a lot, and I thought would be a really big payday for him, is a fight against Anderson (Silva).”
“I personally like him better at middleweight better than I do at heavyweight,” Kawa added.
Evans took a long time off in order to preserve his title shot while Rua recovered from knee surgery last year. Now, The Ultimate Fighter season 2 winner (he competed as a heavyweight) will have to sit out even longer to rehab his own knee injury.