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Rashad Evans’ next fight will be at light heavyweight

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Rashad Evans is heading back to light heavyweight.

After an unsuccessful run at middleweight, Evans (19-7-1) told on Friday that his next fight will be at 205 pounds.

“I need time to get my body back to size (and) healthy,” Evans said when asked when he might fight again.

Evans, 38, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, has lost his last four fights in a row. Earlier this year, he attempted to reinvent himself as a middleweight, however, he lost two straight fights to Daniel Kelly and, most recently, Sam Alvey.

In September, Evans told that, despite being in the middle of the longest losing streak of his career, he wasn’t done fighting yet.

“I can’t retire like this,” he said. “I would never know peace again in my life. Endless nights I would be left looking at the ceiling unable to accept reality.”

Prior to moving down to middleweight, Evans lost light-heavyweight bouts to Ryan bader and Glover Teixeira. His last win was against Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in November 2013.

“Suga” won the 205-pound title at UFC 92 in 2008 when he defeated Forrest Griffin via TKO.

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