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Look out fight fans, because the next 185-pound contender to challenge reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva could be determined this weekend in the 205-pound UFC 156 co-main event.
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not have options.
With Georges St. Pierre unwilling to participate in a super fight (for now), three of the top Middleweight contenders (Michael Bisping, Alan Belcher and Tim Boetsch) all sustaining recent losses, Cung Le nothing but "crazy" talk and Chris Weidman not having a big enough "name," Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is looking rather lonely these days.
However, that could all change if Rashad Evans defeats Antonio Rogerio Nogueira this Saturday night (Feb. 2, 2013) at UFC 156, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"I would consider Rashad," said UFC President Dana White when asked about the possibility during the UFC 156 media day (via MMAFighting.com). "If Rashad won on Saturday night and wanted to go to 185, we would consider that.... I'm considering it."
White mentioned earlier this week on the most recent edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV that he was going to wait and see (read more on that here) how the mixed martial arts (MMA) action unfolded this Super Bowl weekend in "Sin City" before he made a decision on who "The Spider" would fight next. It seems odd that Silva and the promotion would consider "Suga," a former 205-pound champion who used to compete at Heavyweight for his next 185-pound title defense, but aside from Weidman (who also happens to be injured), there is not another Middleweight title fight that makes sense.
And we know all too well that Silva has "nothing to gain" from a fight with the "All American" -- even if he is doing everything in his power to bait the Brazilian -- and will likely only fight him as a last resort.
Evans is a sexy option because even though he has fallen in love a bit too much with his stand up, his strong wrestling, all-around skills and prestige as a former champion could make for an intriguing match up. Evans is a major player at the box office, too.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 winner is also really confident in his ability, saying he feels he has the skills to beat Silva, but he's just not sure about how he would perform 20 pounds lighter (read more on that here).
On its surface, Anderson Silva vs. Rashad Evans might sound like a bizarre choice. However, given the circumstances, including Silva's desire to close-out his illustrious career with meaningful fights (even if he doesn't consider Weidman one of them just yet) and Evans kind of stuck in the division with a relatively fresh loss to Jon Jones, it might just work.
It did, kind of, for Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen, two fighters who were recently awarded with title shots outside their normal divisions. And it might just happen again if Evans can defeat "Lil' Nog" impressively at UFC 156.