Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier is making the drop to light heavyweight with hopes of earning a title shot against UFC champion Jon Jones, but first he will need to get past his good friend and FOX Sports colleague Rashad Evans in his 205-pound debut.
Cormier recently spoke about his upcoming bout, where he said that he will have to try to hurt Evans to earn a statement win, but he will not be looking forward to it.
“I offered them (UFC) up a whole bunch of different scenarios and this was the fight that was going to happen. I would have preferred to fight someone else, but the UFC are going to make the fights and its our job to fight,” Cormier said, via MMA Mania.
“I care about him a ton and I think he’s a great guy, but now it’s time to get down to business and were going to get in that cage and I have to try and hurt him. I can’t go into the cage feeling like I don’t want to hurt my buddy because otherwise he is going to hurt me and beat me and that will set me back and keep me from obtaining my goals.”
Evans and Cormier are set to headline UFC 170, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, with the bout airing on pay-per-view.
It’s going to be a big fight in the light heavyweight division, with the winner immediately becoming a title contender in the division.