If Evans had won in convincing fashion, chances are he would have received a title shot against the legendary Anderson Silva.
Evans did not get the job done, and UFC President Dana White said he looked worse than ever before.
That said, Long Island's Chris Weidman may be next in line for a title shot against Silva.
"I liked Weidman for the fight anyway," said White at the UFC 156 post-fight presser. "Rashad looked worse than I've ever seen him. He looked terrible."
Weidman (9-0), has been out of action while rehabbing from shoulder surgery, and White said they were looking at a Silva title defense this summer, possibly in July.
"The later it is, the better it is for Weidman," White said.
"Weidman told me he was willing to go to Brazil for the fight, and that he'd smash him, and then give him a rematch in Madison Square Garden," White said.
As for Silva, the world's No. 1 pound-for-pound MMA fighter, he hasn't publicly stated that he would like to fight Weidman. His camp has been pushing for a fight against 40-year-old striker Cung Le.
"Everybody thinks he's ducking Weidman," White said. "I don't know why he does this. He makes it look like he doesn't want to fight Weidman, but believe me right here and right now, Anderson Silva does not care who he fights."