Rashad Evans announces he’s fighting Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 in Feb.
The UFC’s worst kept secret is no longer a secret.
Rashad Evans announced Friday night on FOX Sports 2 that
a done deal — it’ll be the five-round main event of
170 on Feb. 22 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
his highly anticipated light heavyweight debut after going 7-0 as a
heavyweight in Strikeforce and the UFC, including a decision win
over Roy Nelson at UFC 166 in October. His move down has plenty to
do with the fact that heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is his
good friend and training partner at American Kickboxing Academy in
Evans (19-3-1), the former UFC light heavyweight champion, is
coming off a dominant
month. He has won two straight and could be inching closer to a
rematch with champion Jon Jones.
In fact, the winner of this fight would put himself right in the
conversation for a title shot. Jones has his hands full — he meets
Glover Teixeira at
171 in March and could have a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson
later in 2014 if Gustafsson gets by Jimi Manuwa at
But, with a win at UFC 170, Evans or Cormier would stake a claim
as one of the elite fighters in the 205-pound division.