Rashad Evans moving back to 205, meets Anthony Smith at UFC 225

Rashad Evans is returning to the division he once ruled.

Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) is moving from middleweight to light heavyweight for a fight with Anthony Smith (28-13 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC 225, UFC officials announced via ESPN.com.

UFC 225 takes place June 9 at United Center in Chicago. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full lineup ands bout order haven’t been finalized.

Evans, who was the UFC light-heavyweight champion from 2008-2009, moved down to middleweight in early 2017 hoping to revive his career. However, he’s suffered back-to-back losses to Daniel Kelly and Sam Alvey – both via split decision – and the 38-year-old’s overall losing skid now stands at four fights. He hasn’t registered a win since topping Chael Sonnen via TKo in 2013.

Smith, a longtime middleweight, is also moving up to light heavyweight. The 29-year-old Bellator and Strikeforce vet won four of his first five UFC fights after joining the promotion in 2016. However, in his most recent fight, he suffered a TKO loss to Thiago “Marreta” Santos but picked up a “Fight of the Night” award.

The latest UFC 225 card now includes:

  • Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Allen Crowder

For more on UFC 225, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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