Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier will be making his 205-pound debut in the co-main event of the upcoming UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV), which is booked for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 22, 2013.
Despite a run at 185 pounds as a college wrestler, Cormier has yet to compete below the 265-pound weight class in mixed martial arts (MMA) and considering he nearly keeled over the last time he tried to cut weight, no one is quite sure what to expect when "DC" steps into the cage next month in "Sin City."
Which is why Cormier, by his own admission, tells the incomparable Heidi Fang that being a -280 favorite is "ridiculous."
"That's ridiculous... I mean, I don't know why I wouldn't be [the underdog]. He's a guy that's going to be in the Hall of Fame at some point when he's done. He's fought the really best guys for a really long time and he's won. I guess that I would be considered the underdog. Rashad was a college wrestler, NCAA division I qualifier and a UFC champion. It's a difficult fight for me. I think he's probably going to be the toughest guy I've fought so far. But, I feel fine. I'm really confident in what I've learned in this sport. I'm confident in my team, my coaches, and my ability to fight. When I go in the cage, I fight smart and I fight to win. So, I'm confident I can win against Rashad Evans."
Evans (+200) has been getting nothing but praise since the fight was booked.
"Suga" was nearly eliminated from the division title chase in the wake of consecutive losses to Jon Jones and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira; however, he got right back into the thick of things with a decision win over Dan Henderson, followed by a one-sided ass kicking against Chael Sonnen.
But more importantly, he's been fighting a light heavyweight since 2006.
Will it matter?