Daniel Cormier vs. Rashad Evans to Main Event UFC 170 in Las Vegas

December 6, 2013
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B09 - Silva-Cormier-Strikeforce-0911-4358-478x270Daniel Cormier will make his light-heavyweight debut against Rashad Evans at UFC 170, according to a report on the UFC Fight Night 33 pre-show on Friday.

The 205-pound scrap will be a five-round main event for the Las Vegas card, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Feb. 22.

As reported by MMAWeekly.com earlier this week, Cormier (13-0) signed a new eight-fight deal with the UFC. Discussions regarding his next opponent included Evans, but a deal to make the fight happen was not done at the time. After today’s news, however, the fight is officially a go.

A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Evans (19-3-1) appears to be back in his winning ways with two consecutive wins in the Octagon. In his last outing, Evans bombarded his Fox Sports co-worker in Chael Sonnen, winning with a first-round TKO at UFC 167 last month.

The winner of the Evans-Cormier fight will be in heavy consideration for a shot at Jon Jones’ 205-pound title behind current top contenders Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson.

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  • Mr Pete

    Good fight, both roughly the same size, both great wrestling, both has decent hands but Cormier is just a little better
    Cormier by UD easy

  • Ian Price

    Decision all way way. I got Evans losing this one, which sucks because I wanted to see how he does against Jones the second time around. I guess we’ll see how little DC does against jones. I am hoping for an upset, but Jones has destroyed pretty much everybody…

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    Everyone is counting out Evans but he’s more explosive and has better cardio. Interesting fight and I’m very pleased they put that one together. Makes sense for both guys. These guys at LHW are different fighters though, so I can’t wait to see how DC performs. If he gets two wins he should get a shot at Jones, Gustaf still deserves next crack if he wins though.

    • Ian Price

      While I agree with you in principle, and since we’ve actually never seen DC at 205 (or 215 or whatever he steps into the octagon at), he could surprise is all with Rashad’s quickness…. Or he could be an emaciated shadow of himself. Can’t wait!

  • #1mmafan.

    If Rashad comes in focused and has a great training camp he should school Cormier. He has way too much natural athleticism over DC.

    • sidrwc

      ?? Cormier is probably faster than Rashad, and certainly better grappling in the clinch. This is the ONE match-up where Rashad will be better off staying on the outside and using distance (funny because I think he’ll actually be taller). If he’s going to get into scrambles with Cormier, he’s gona be in trouble with a guy who tosses around Barnett like it’s nothing.

  • bajafox

    Co main better be awesome, this fight alone isn’t worth my $50.

    • sidrwc

      Agreed, I think this fight is amazing style wise, and I like both the fighters, but this doesn’t sell a PPV by itself. Has to have a great undercard