Rashad Evans wants Alexader Gustafsson next

source | MMAJunkie.com

“I’ve been very impressed with how his development has gone,” Evans said on FOX Sports 1’s post-UFC 178 show. “I would definitely like to fight him when I return. Definitely.”

Injuries have kept “Suga” out of action since he stopped Chael Sonnen in the first round at UFC 167 in November 2013. “The Ultimate Fighter 2″ winner said he’s nearing 100 percent, though, and wants to prove he is still one of the top competitors in his weight class.

If all goes according to plan, Evans will grace the octagon sometime in the first quarter of 2015. That will mean more than a year between fights, and while Evans has fallen out of the forefront of the title picture, the 35-year-old said he wants to prove he’s still a relevant factor in the light heavyweight division.

A victory over an opponent of Gustafsson’s stature would potentially put Evans in line for that opportunity.

“When I left, I was at the top and Alexander Gustafsson has been getting better with every single fight,” Evans said. “Dana (White), set it up.”

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