Rashad Evans will try his hand at middleweight when he faces Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 on Nov. 12.
Multiple outlets have recently confirmed the 185-pound pairing following an initial report from FloCombat.com last month. The bout has not been officially announced by the Las Vegas-based promotion. UFC 205 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York and is also expected to include a welterweight showdown between Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone.
Evans, a former light heavyweight champion, won “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 as a heavyweight but has spent most of his career at 205 pounds. After a lengthy absence due to injury, “Suga” has fallen on hard times of late, dropping a lopsided decision to Ryan Bader at UFC 192 before suffering a first-round knockout loss to Glover Teixeira in his most recent outing at UFC on Fox 19 in April. The Blackzilians leader is 14-5-1 in the Octagon overall, including wins against Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Phil Davis, Tito Ortiz, Quinton Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell and Michael Bisping, among others.
Kennedy, meanwhile, has not competed since a controversial third-round technical knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 178 in September 2014. That halted a four-fight winning streak for the Army Ranger and Special Forces Sniper, who owns a notable victory over current middleweight king Michael Bisping. Kennedy is 18-5 as a professional.