It doesn’t appear like former former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans wants to take the easy road back to the top of the UFC’s 2015-pound division.

On Wednesday night, during an episode of UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani revealed the Evans was looking to return to action against former two-time title contender Alexander Gustafsson.

Evans (19-4-1), winner of season two of The Ultimate Fighter, was last seen suffering a heart breaking loss to fellow TUF winner Ryan Bader at UFC 192 earlier this month. This marked the Blackzillian products’ first appearance inside the Octagon since injuring his knee1 10 days before his scheduled fight against reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 170.

While it was initially believed he would return in February 2015, Evans announced announced that he expected to be sidelined an additional six to sevens months after undergoing another knee surgery in February 2015. To date his last victory was his first round TKO victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in November 2013.

Gustafsson (16-3) will also be looking to right the ship after suffering a loss in his back-and-forth war against Cormier in their title fight at UFC 192. Prior to this setback, the Swedish superstar found himself on the receiving end of a violent first round knockout at the hands Evans’ teammate Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 14 in January.

‘The Mauler” also previously loss heart breaking decision to Jon Jones, in their critically acclaimed title fight at UFC 165 in 2013.

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