Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-7-1) is looking to put his middleweight woes behind him at UFC 225.
The former 205lb great will return to the division where he made his name after 4 consecutive losses and with only 2 wins in his last eight contests.
After losing two straight fights at 205lbs, Evans dropped to middleweight in an attempt to regain his form. That effort was ultimately in vain as the move only yielded back to back losses against Sam Alvey and Dan Kelly.
Last month, Evans was rumoured to have accepted a bout at UFC London against former middleweight champion Michael Bisping. That fight was unfortunately not to be. Evans now has a shot at redemption back in the division he called home for the majority of his career.
ESPN confirmed that the 38-year old will be facing Anthony Smith (28-13-0). Smith, coincidently is also moving up from middleweight after picking up a KO loss to Thiago Santos at UFC Belem last month. Prior to the loss to Santos, Smith had won three straight fights with wins over Elvis Mutapcic, Andrew Sanchez and Hector Lombard.