It appears former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has reopened the door to a drop to the middleweight division just weeks after stating he intends to continue fighting at 205 pounds.
Following his split decision victory over Dan Henderson in the UFC 161 main event last month, "Suga" said he wants to remain at light heavyweight and make the climb up the ladder for a rematch with divisional kingpin Jon Jones.
While Evans hasn't formally committed to switching weight classes, Ariel Helwani reported on Tuesday's (July 2, 2013) edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" that The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 2 winner would make the move if the UFC offered him a compelling match up at 185-pounds.
"Rashad Evans told me if UFC offered him a compelling fight at 185, he'd go down," Helwani said. "But, he still considers himself a light heavyweight, and still wants to fight Jon Jones at some point."
As of now, Evans does not have a fight scheduled. However, the comments come at an interesting time with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva just days away from putting his title on the line against Chris Weidman at UFC 162.
Evans teased about cutting down to middleweight earlier this year and was on the verge of being granted a title fight with Silva, but an upset loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156 thwarted any plans of the fight and instead Weidman was presented with the opportunity to dethrone "The Spider."
Now that Evans has a quality win over a former Strikeforce and two-division PRIDE champion in Henderson under his belt, it's possible the UFC could offer the 33-year-old a crack at the winner of Silva-Weidman with no clear-cut No. 1 contender in place.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on this story and Evans' next fight.