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Rashad Evans announces drop to middleweight, possible bout with Tim Kennedy

<p>Rashad Evans has decided to give middleweight a shot.</p> <p>The former UFC light-heavyweight championship announced the move on <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/8/29/12696236/rashad-evans-announces-move-to-middleweight-wants-to-fight-in-new">Monday&rsquo;s edition of <em>The MMA Hour</em></a> hosted by MMAFighting&rsquo;s Ariel Helwani. In the interview, he discussed the reasoning behind his decision to drop down a weight class and why he feels it could be a new start for him.</p> <p>&ldquo;Well, you know, the thing about it is the fact that it is a tough cut but at some point I feel like I need just to kind of start over again, kind of get something fresh, you know,&rdquo; said Evans. &ldquo;And 185 is weight class that I&#39;ve always thought about going but really never put the time and the discipline to make it happen and, you know, coming off two fights losing, I just want to find the way to bring some life back to wanting to compete again I feel like dropping to 185 is the best choice.&rdquo;</p> <p>Evans is coming off of a first-round knockout loss to Glover Teixeira who he faced in the main event of UFC on FOX 19 in April. Prior to that, he dropped a unanimous decision to #4 ranked Ryan Bader in a bout he entered after a two-year layoff due to knee injuries. While no opponents have officially accepted the bout, Evans believes a fight with Tim Kennedy is possible for his middleweight debut.</p> <p>&ldquo;As far as the opponent, nothing has been set in stone. There has been talks about a fight with Tim Kennedy, but other fights too as well, but nothing has been signed yet. I had Ali (Evans&#39; manager) with Joe Silva trying to set something up but nothing has been finalized yet.&rdquo;</p> <p>As for a comeback date, the 36-year old says a spot on the UFC 205 card in New York City would be optimal.</p> <p>&ldquo;I couldn&#39;t write anything better myself to be able to hopefully have an opportunity to compete in this card, to be a part of what this card means for the history of mixed martial arts, it&#39;s just, it really means everything to me, and it&#39;s a big opportunity, a big chance for me to get back on track and to make a statement, you know, it&#39;s something that I look to do,&rdquo; said Evans. &ldquo;If I get a chance to be on this card, I&#39;m going to go out there and show off, I&#39;m going to do my thing, and I&#39;m going to enjoy doing it, you know what I&#39;m saying. This is what its about. It&#39;s just about being a part of history. No matter what happens in my life, I&#39;ll live forever in this moment, I&#39;ll be immortalized in this moment, being the fact that I can say that I competed in the first card at Madison Square Garden, UFC, mixed martial arts, and that for me it&#39;s something that nobody can ever take away. I&#39;ll just be happy I could be a part of that.&rdquo;</p>

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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