Daniel Cormier Drops to Light Heavyweight, Faces Rashad Evans in UFC 170 Headliner
By: Mike Whitman Dec 6, 2013
Cormier’s 205-pound debut will come against former divisional
ruler Rashad Evans,
as UFC officials announced Friday that the light heavyweights will
lock horns in the main event of UFC 170.
The five-round headliner takes place Feb. 22 from the Mandalay Bay
Events Center in Las Vegas and airs live on pay-per-view. Jon Jones was
initially expected to headline the event opposite Glover
Teixeira, but that booking was shifted to UFC 171 to give
“Bones” more time to heal lingering injuries.
A two-time Olympic qualifier, Cormier has never been defeated as a
mixed martial artist, scoring 13 straight wins to begin his career
as a heavyweight. The American Kickboxing Academy standout made his
UFC debut earlier this year after a five-fight Strikeforce stint,
earning unanimous decision wins over Roy Nelson and
to kick off his Octagon run.
Evans, meanwhile, returned to his winning ways this summer after
suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time, rebounding from
an upset loss at the hands of Antonio
Rogerio Nogueira to edge Dan Henderson
in June before dominating Chael Sonnen
last month at UFC 167.