UFC President Dana White joined members of the media Thursday night to discuss several topics heading into UFC 156. One of the prominent topics discussed was the likelihood of Rashad Evans/Anderson Silva middleweight title fight. The former light-heavyweight champion recently revealed that he would be very interested in facing the long-time middleweight kingpin, even going so far as to confidently state that he could beat him.
“I would consider Rashad [Evans],” White confirmed at the pre-fight media scrum, “If Rashad won on Saturday night and wanted to go down to 185 [pounds] we would consider that.”
Whilst the UFC president refused to make any information given official, he did hint at the UFC either giving Chris Weidman the next title shot or Rashad Evans if he choses to move down to middleweight.
“A lot of people think that Chris Weidman is the no.1 contender right now but if Rashad made a move down from 205lbs to 185lbs it would be tough to say that he is not the no.1 contender but if he cannot make the weight, a catchweight would make no sense. “
White was also asked about other potential match-ups for Anderson Silva including Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold. Dana confirmed that the UFC is attempting to schedule Rockhold vs. Belfort for a yet-to-be-announced date later on in the year.
“We are working on it. That is one of the options for Rockhold.”
Although the middleweight division continues its disheveled state, this weekend’s fight card could provide a much-needed title challenger for the long-time divisional kingpin. Many believe that Evan presents an interesting stylistic match-up for the Brazilian and would, at the very least, prove to be a formidable opponent.