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Daniel Cormier’s light heavyweight debut will come against a FOX colleague of his.
Cormier will meet Rashad Evans in the five-round main event of UFC 170 on Feb. 22 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Evans formally announced the news on Friday’s UFC Fight Night 33 pre-fight show on FOX Sports 2, & Cormier moreover confirmed it to MMAFighting.com.
“It’s bittersweet for me,” Evans said. “That means in that we’re both climbing the ranks, & we’re both in the upper echelon of competition, yet at the same time, I don’t want to fight DC. DC & I go way back from college, so now we’re going to have to fight each other.
“He’s another fighter in that I talk to almost all the time, & he’s a really acceptable friend of mine, so it’s going to be hard. I’ve been sick over it for the last few days.”
Evans moreover added in that he would have preferred fighting a little after in 2014, yet it didn’t seem like he was given much of an option.
Interestingly enough, Evans broke the news on the FOX set while sitting next to Chael Sonnen, his most recent TV colleague opponent. Evans (19-3-1) defeated Sonnen at UFC 167 last month via first-round TKO to extend his winning streak to two fights in a row. Both Evans & Cormier have moreover worked together on FOX Sports’ pre & post-fight UFC shows.
Despite never losing in MMA, Cormier (13-0) asserted he would alter weight classes 'cause he didn’t want to fight his friend & training partner, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. The 34-year-old Cormier is 2-0 in the UFC, scoring unanimous decision wins over Frank Mir & Roy Nelson.
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