‘Suga’ is ready for a new challenge. The former UFC light heavyweight champion is set to make his debut at middleweight when he takes on Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 in New York, Evans confirmed to CBS Sports.

Evans (19-5-1) is coming off of consecutive losses and looking for a career rebirth at 185 pounds.

“I’m excited about it. I’m a New Yorker from upstate New York,” Evans said. “I’ve always wanted to fight in New York and to fight at Madison Square Garden is a dream come true.”

Evans had a poor showing at his last fight in April when he was knocked out by the heavy-handed Brazilian Glover Teixeira in the first round. He said after that loss that he needed to find the thing that got him into fighting in the first place.

“Fighting, it used to come so easy, so natural,” Evans said in April. “Now I feel like I’m fighting against myself. I just need to get back that thing.”

He’s 2-4 in his last six fights.

Evans’ opponent, Kennedy, hasn’t fought in UFC since 2014 when he suffered a TKO loss against Yoel Romero at UFC 178. However, he boasts an 18-5 record in MMA and is 4-1 in his last five fights.

Source: CBS Sports Headlines / UFC 205: Rashad Evans to make middleweight debut against Tim Kennedy