UFC 128 Results: Why Rashad Evans Should Move To 185 Now

Tony PrestonCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2011

LAS VEGAS - MAY 28:  UFC fighter Rashad Evans weighs in for his fight against UFC fighter Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Now is the perfect time for Rashad Evans to make the move to middleweight.

His friend and teammate, Jon Jones, holds the belt at light-heavyweight and he would be an instant contender for the middleweight title. 

Anderson Silva has shown that a wrestler with a strong top game is his weakness.  Also, there has always been talk that Evans is better suited for the middleweight division.

Evans' teammate Nate Marquardt already fights in the middleweight division, but is probably a couple wins from title contention and would have to beat a fighter he previously lost to if he were to get a title shot.

Evans wrestled at 174 lbs. in college, so the cut to 185lbs. is not unreasonable. 

In addition, since Evans has out wrestled larger and heavier opponents at light-heavyweight, he should have no problems wrestling opponents more his size at middleweight.


The Cons

To recap, the cons of a drop to the middleweight division for Evans are the weight cut, which shouldn't be a problem, and another possible teammate against teammate scenario with Marquardt, which is not a given at this point in time that it would even happen.


The Pros

The pros of a drop to middleweight are instant title contention, being one of the stronger fighters in the weight class, and not being at such a size disadvantage.

After the fights last night, Evans seems determined to challenge for the light-heavyweight title, though given time to think about it, he may change his mind.

Evans' manager has said in interviews that he would never rule out his client changing weight classes and feels Evans' could easily drop to 185 lbs. and fight at middleweight.