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Rashad Evans Claims He Knows He Would Beat Anderson Silva

January 30, 2013 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

MMAjunkie recently spoke with Rashad Evans who faced Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on February 2’s UFC 156 card. Evans addressed being a potential opponent for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva:

Evans thoughts on matching up with Silva: “I’m not a good matchup for him. I’m sure he’s not chomping at the bit to fight me. He doesn’t really have anything to gain from fighting me, so I don’t know if he would even want to fight me. I don’t know why he would go out of his way to fight somebody like me. If the UFC is not going to make him fight me, then I don’t see why he would fight me. Besides that, I love Anderson. He’s a great guy outside of the cage, and he’s one of my favorite fighters to watch inside the cage. To me, to fight him would be a little bittersweet because I know I would beat him. I know I would beat him.”

Evans on needing some time off after failing to beat Jon Jones: “After you climb the top of the mountain and you don’t get where you want to go and you kind of fall down a bit, it takes a little bit of a mental break to help to kind of recuperate and get yourself feeling right to get back out there and climb that mountain again. I did find the motivation again, but it was difficult. That fight with Jones, it took a lot out of me emotionally more than anything. Not having the results I wanted, it was a bit of a heartbreak for me. It was just more a relief that that part was over in my life. I had to kind of come to peace with everything and the way things happened, and it was kind of closing a chapter in my life. That was something important for me to have happen.”

Evans on his respect for the Nogueira brothers: “I have huge respect for the Nogueira brothers and the legacies that both of them have created. At the end of the day, when my career is said and done, I want to say that I competed against some of the best guys in the business, and he’s somebody that I consider one of the best guys in the business. He and his brother are both legends, and I’m excited to compete against him. ‘Little Nog’ took some time off, and I think that kind of refreshes the body both physically and mentally. With the time off and a fresh feel, not to mention the fact that he’s got incredible heart, I’m expecting a good fight. I’m going to go out there and put on a good performance and bring it.”

Evans on how he’s still open to fighting Jon Jones again: “I still watch Jon, and I love to see him fight. I love to see his creativity. I still watch him, and I still want to get a chance to fight him again. I know and I believe that if I fight him again, things will definitely be different. I feel like I’ve got what it takes to beat him. I’ve studied his game, and I know it. I feel like it would be a different fight this time around. I’m just excited to climb the ladder again, and however long it takes, it takes, but I’m a student of the game, and that’s what I want to continue to be. I want another chance to fight for the belt, and when I do, it will be worthwhile for me.”

Evans on how he would need to do a practice cut for a middleweight fight with Silva: “I would have to do a practice cut and see what would happen before I even would agree to something like that. It’s kind of hard for me to make 205 sometimes. So 185, I don’t know what I’d have to do. I’d probably have to lose some weight in my legs or something, and I don’t know how to do that.”

Evans on how he’s not overlooking Nogueira: “They’re overlooking Nogueira, but I’m not. They’ve already got me winning the fight and wanting to fight at 185. But for me, it’s first things first, and that’s fighting Nogueira. That’s the only thing I really care about right now. Anderson is I guess a fantasy fight. It has to be the right deal for it to even happen. It’s just a matter of getting that belt back around my waist. I just want to go out there and compete with the best guys. If I get a chance to fight Jon Jones or Anderson Silva or whoever may have the belt at the time, that’s what it’s about. I just want to go out there and compete and have fun competing.”

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