Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans told ESPN that he is giving "serious consideration" to moving to the middleweight division.
"I've been thinking about going down to middleweight lately," Evans said. "I haven't totally made up my mind. It's something I'm going to think about a little more in the coming months and see where my body's at, but I'm definitely giving it serious consideration. The odds of me moving down to 185 are 50-50 or better."
A potential title fight with middleweight champion Anderson Silva is fueling Evans' motivation to make the cut.
Despite several current middleweights being considered for top-contender status, Evans is confident he would not have to wait long to land a fight with the champion.
"Yes, I would like to fight Anderson at 185," Evans said. "Don't get me wrong, Anderson is my favourite fighter. He's somebody I've looked up to for a long time. But if I had the chance to fight Anderson, it would be a dream come true.
"I'd like to go right into a title fight, but realistically there are other contenders at 185, and to skip over everybody wouldn't be fair. So, it would make sense for me to establish myself in the weight class and have a fight or two, whatever the case may be."
An obstacle that could dash any hope of Evans becoming a middleweight is the physical impact such a cut might have on his body.
The 5-foot-11 native of Niagara Falls, does not want to place too much stress on his stocky fame. He's also concerned that a difficult reduction in weight might diminish his performance inside the Octagon.
"I'm pretty sure I can make the cut," said Evans, who has a professional mixed martial arts record of 17-2-1, "but I've never been down that low. If I decide to move down, I will do a practice cut first to make sure my body can do it. That will determine whether I can fight at middleweight or not."
As far as I know, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Rich Franklin, Alan Belcher, and Chris Weidman all don't have fights lined up (whereas Bisping, Stann, Lombard and Boetsch do).
Who would be the best opponent to welcome Rashad to 185 between those five, Belfort, Sonnen, Franklin, Belcher or Weidman? Or can you think of someone else?