Well, it’s official. Daniel Cormier will make his light heavyweight debut against Rashad Evans, the former light heavyweight champion of the UFC; this news was confirmed by UFC On Fox. The bout is scheduled to go down on Feb. 22, 2013, which will be the main event for UFC 170.
Cormier comes into this fight off an impressive win over Roy Nelson. He dominated Nelson both on the feet and on the ground, proving he’s one of the best heavyweights in the world. However, since his friend and training partner, Cain Velasquez, is the current heavyweight champ, Cormier decided to make his way down to light heavyweight. He will get a tough test for his bout at this division in Evans, and it’s going to be interesting to see how the weight cut goes. If he can keep a clean diet, he shouldn’t have any trouble, and he has already started to lose weight, which was evident in his bout with Nelson.
Evans is riding high off his latest victory against Chael Sonnen. From the very beginning, Evans was able to impose his will on Sonnen, taking him down and stopping him with strikes from the top. It’s one of Evans’ best performances, showing everyone he still has what it takes to compete with the best of them in the light heavyweight division. Cormier is going to be a stern test for him, but if he can get past him, he will more than likely get the next title shot, whether it’s against Glover Teixeira or Jon Jones.
It should be a great battle of elite wrestlers, and the winner puts their name in the hat to challenge for the light heavyweight title, which is currently being held by Jones.