If Anthony Johnson ends the storied reign of Jon Jones at UFC 187, then Rashad Evans has admitted he’ll have some serious thinking to do.
Johnson will battle Jones on May 23rd, and if “Rumble” becomes the UFC’s light-heavyweight champ, Evans says he has no intention of fighting his Blackzilians teammate.
The former champ recently attended a fan Q&A session, and when Evans was asked what he might do if Johnson takes the title, he stated (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“When Anthony wins, I’m not going to fight Anthony,” Evans said. “I’m just going to help him be the strongest champ he can be. At that point, I may go down to 185 or do some superfights or whatever.
“I’ve got to chase the belt. I can’t just be hanging around, doing these fights for money. I’ve got to fight for something. At that point, if he wins, I’ll probably drop down to 185.”
Evans has dealt with the teammate vs. teammate speculation in the past of course. When Evans was a member of Jackson’s MMA, he said he wouldn’t fight teammate Keith Jardine, and initially, that was also the plan with Jones…Evans ultimately ended up facing Jones after he left the Albuquerque gym, however, and lost via unanimous decision.
Recently it was revealed Evans has been forced to undergo a second surgery to repair a torn ACL, so “Suga”, unfortunately, won’t be fighting again any time soon. The 35 year-old vet has fought since November, 2013, now, when he stopped Chael Sonnen in the opening round.
Evans also noted that since he can get up to “240”, he would need some time to make the move to middleweight. That’s pretty understandable.