Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion, Rashad Evans, returned to the win column last Saturday night (June 15, 2013) when he crept by Dan Henderson via split decision in the main event of UFC 161, which took place at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (replay here).
That staves off a drop to middleweight, at least for the time being.
But it doesn't exactly put him in line for a title shot, either. Evans (18-3) needs to string together a couple of big wins to get back into the "mix" after going 0-2 against Jon Jones and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. When the possibility of fighting top-ranked Glover Teixeira was presented, "Suga" seemed sweet on the idea.
From UFC Tonight:
"Whoever the UFC puts against me, I'm there. I heard that Glover said he'd like to have a fight with the winner. I'm not calling anybody out, but whoever the UFC says will be a good fight, I'm not turning anybody down. I like the fight."
So too, does Teixeira (see why here).
Evans actually had a chance to face the heavy-handed grappler as part of the UFC 153 pay-per-view (PPV) event last October; however, heading to Brazil to fight one of the division's most dangerous up-and-coming prospects on just three weeks notice was out of the question.
Can't say I blame him.
Glover (21-2) has been running roughshod over the 205-pound competition, including former division champion Quinton Jackson (UFC on FOX 6) as well as the power-punching James Te Huna (UFC 160). The Brazilian hasn't lost in over eight years across a span of 19 fights.
We know how our own Mike Bohn feels about this potential fight ... how about you?