Update: Looks Like Daniel Cormier vs. Rashad Evans Is Being Targeted For UFC 172
Last night UFC officials announced a leg injury had forced Rashad Evans out of his upcoming fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 170. The pair were originally booked for the co-main event for the Las Vegas card but with Evans’ withdrawal, Cormier is now looking for a new opponent.
Speaking to MMAFightings Ariel Helwani, Cormier explained why he thinks it’s going to be hard to match him up in time for the card; although he still wants to fight at the event:
“They said it’s going to be hard to get someone on such short notice. I’m hoping I can get someone to fight.” Cormier said. “There’s somebody out there that wants to step up to take a fight at this moment. I saw on Twitter that Chael wants to fight. Ok, let Chael fight. Anthony Johnson fought a couple of weeks ago, he’s still in shape. Let him fight. Or if there’s a heavyweight. I’ll fight at heavyweight. There’s somebody out there.”
Sonnen did offer his services to replace Evans, but it is unlikely he will get permission to fight at the event as he is already booked to face Wanderlei Silva in May. Cormier doesn’t care who he is put up against and just wants to fight at UFC 170, if he doesn’t he is set to lose a lot of money.
“I’d fight Chael in a heartbeat.” Cormier continued. “I ‘d fight Anthony Johnson in a heartbeat. I’d fight any of those guys. There’s somebody out there who wants to fight. Line ‘em up. Then Rashad and I will fight later and that won’t bother me. I just want to fight now. I just don’t want this work to be for nothing. There’s somebody out there that wants to fight.”
“Financially, I’m going to miss out on a lot of money. There’s a ton of factors with this situation. So, not only do I not get to fight, but financially, the money I’ve spent on this training camp. If Chael wants to fight, let him fight. If he says he wants to fight, let him fight. It’s just such a tricky situation with my situation. I guess I can’t just fight anybody.”
It’s unlikely the UFC will chuck anyone in the cage with Cormier just so he can fight at the event, if Cormier were to lose against an unworthy opponent it would damage his stock severely. However, “DC” doesn’t care about that, he just wants to fight and would even consider a rematch with “Big Country”.
“I hope they can do something. I hope they can find somebody that says OK. Roy Nelson lives in Vegas. He said he didn’t like the way I fought last time. Maybe I’ll fight him differently this time. Anybody.”
According to LA Times’ Lance Pugmire’s tweet, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said he wants the fight to go ahead in April at UFC 172:
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) February 13, 2014
Aside from Chael Sonnen, there probably aren’t too many legitimate fighters ready to welcome DC to light-heavyweight on nine days notice. A UFC 172 meeting between the two could be very interesting, especially as Phil Davis, Anthony Johnson, Glover Teixeira and Jon Jones are already on the card. Baltimore could well see the changing of the guard and the next rightful contender on April 26.