On June 9th “Suga” Rashad Evans will face 29 year old Anthony Smith in his return to the 205lbs division.
The 38 year old Niagara Falls, New York, United States native and once former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “Suga” Rashad Evans will meet Anthony Smith on June 9th in Chicago, Illinois. As we’re still not aware of what specific part of the card this fight will be placed on, it’s still bound to be a great showing. However, this Bout will showcase the return of Evans at 205.
“Suga” is 19-7-1 in his professional Mixed Martial Arts career, but is currently holding a 4 fight loosing streak. Two of those being at 185lbs (also known as Middleweight) against Sam Alvey & Daniel Kelly. Both of these were split decision losses. This will be his return to Light Heavyweight since his loss against Glover Teixeira on April 16, 2016.
Unfortunately Evans fell short in this fight suffering a knockout defeat in the very first round. His other 205lbs loss was against current Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader on the 3rd of October, 2015 at UFC192.
This is not to be an easy task for Evans. This is due to the fact that Anthony Smith is currently 4-1 in the UFC with a professional Mixed Martial Arts record of 28-13 with 15 wins of his career coming by knockout. Smith sure hasn’t disappointed with 3 of his 4 wins coming in the UFC via knockout.
This bout being a big shock to many of the MMA fans, Evans has previously said that he almost ended up fight Michael “The Count” Bisping at UFC London on March 17th. The British native is also on a loosing drought with his last two fights being stoppage losses in the hands by former UFC Welterweight Champion and future UFC hall of famer Georges St-Pierre. GSP was also the reason Bisping lost his UFC Middleweight belt at UFC217 on Nov.4. His other stoppage loss was against current #5 ranked UFC Middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum. The talks of Evans Vs Bisping happening was soon undisclosed and negotiations were no more. With Bisping not being a harder nor easier bout for Rashad it sure would make more sense with the two men being roughly the same age battle it out.