Rashad Evans Says He Is Hoping Khabib Nurmagomedov to Create a New Weight Division

Published 12/18/2021, 8:31 AM EST


Rashad Evans might have retired in 2018, but his fans still remember his bouts like they happened yesterday. Unfortunately, he lost five fights simultaneously before retiring. But he will soon return to fighting.

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In fact, Evans was present at the Eagle Fighting Championship’s press conference. Ex UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov purchased Gorilla Fighting Championship and rebranded it after his own nickname. Following the Eagle FC press conversation, Evans spoke to ‘The Schmo’ about his retirement, his return, and also about Khabib‘s MMA promotion.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 14: Rashad Evans interacts with media during the final UFC 167 pre-fight press conference inside the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on November 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Speaking about his return on January 28, Evan said, “Hopefully I get an opponent but you know, we are working on that date…. If something don’t work on that date, then the next card would be March 11. So maybe something by then will materialize but you know, I’m just, I’m just looking to go out there and just, you know, see whoever I can see out there. And just, you know, make it happen.”

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Fans hope to see Evans fight at Khabib’s promotion. There are several changes in the promotions weight divisions. A total of 8 weight classes have been introduced: 135, 145, 155, 165, 175, 185, 205, and lastly heavyweight. However, Evans was hoping that there would be a 195 pounds division as well. Evans said, “I mean, I was hoping he’ll say 195, but I’ll fight at 205…. I’m not trying to cut any weight at this point in my life. You know, I walk around like about 215. So you know, drop a little 10 pounds real quick.”

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While Evans doesn’t have an opponent yet, fans hope to see him fight some incredible bouts.

Rashad Evans: His MMA career

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The American fighter began his professional fighting career in 2004. He was just a few fights old before joining the UFC. The 19-8-1 record holder had a great career with the promotion before making the decision to retire. However, he was training even after retiring. Hence, he feels confident about a spectacular comeback.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 04: Rashad Evans waits for the start of round three against Daniel Kelly of Australia in their middleweight bout during the UFC 209 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It would be interesting to see how he performs after being absent from the ring for so long. His fans would surely be exhilarated to see him make a come back.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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