UFC 148 Results: Rashad Evans Wants a Crack at Anderson Silva

Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21:  Rashad Evans reacts after being defeated by Jon Jones in a unanimous decision in their light heavyweight title bout for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After snuffing out Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, everyone has been wondering who honestly poses a challenge for the champion, Anderson Silva.

Running down the list of contenders at middleweight, there just doesn't seem to be anyone who can truly push Silva the way that Sonnen could. 

Well, an unlikely challenger may have emerged.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has thrown his hat into the mix, and honestly, that's a fight that I can get excited for. 

@lorenzofertitta i want 2 pick a fight with the middle weight champion! Lol Make it happen!! Please!!

— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) July 8, 2012

I've always felt that Evans was not only one of the best fighters in the UFC, but one of the only light heavyweights that could truly match Anderson with both speed and technique. He's considered "small" by light heavyweight standards and may actually be better suited for middleweight.

The fight makes even more sense, as Silva told UFC President Dana White that he has no interest in moving up to light heavyweight to challenge current champion Jon Jones in a super fight (via ESPN).

While I'm sure guys like Michael Bisping and the winner of Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman feel they should be next in line, those fights really don't interest me the way that one with Evans would. 

They match up well stylistically, and Evans possesses the takedown ability to push Silva like only Chael Sonnen could. On the feet, Evans' head movement and boxing would force a very technical matchup. 

I know the UFC is hoping to hold a huge show to close out the year. This may be the fight that gets fans to fill out Cowboy Stadium.