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


target="_blank">his long rumored fight with Daniel Cormier is

a done deal — it’ll be the five-round main event of


170 on Feb. 22 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Cormier (13-0),


target="_blank">who just signed a new UFC deal, will be making

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

San Jose.

Evans (19-3-1), the former UFC light heavyweight champion, is

coming off a dominant


target="_blank">TKO win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 last

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

target="_blank">England’s UFC Fight Night in March.

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.