Daniel Cormier (pictured) was hellbent on remaining on UFC 170 after Rashad Evans was forced out with an injury at the 11th hour, and the wrestler-turned-slugger was granted his wish Thursday afternoon. Officials have confirmed Cormier will welcome Octagon rookie Patrick Cummins to the big leagues on February 22.
This news comes just hours after UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta told the LA Times they had rebooked Evans vs. Cormier for UFC 172. Although the UFC didn’t confirm, it appears Evans’ wheel may need additional time to mend.
Cormier takes his unblemished 13-0 record to a brand new division. The 34-year-old previously admitted the clock is ticking on his brief MMA career and he wants to compete for the title before it’s too late.
Since Cormier expects AKA teammate Cain Velasquez to dominate the UFC heavyweight throne for an extended period of time, he felt his best crack at capturing a belt would be to shed some weight. In addition, he’d love to crack reigning champ and bitter rival Jon Jones across the head.
Cummins enters the UFC with a perfect 4-0 mark. This scrap, by far, signifies the biggest fight of his life.
He was working at a coffee shop when received the call from UFC president Dana White. Cummins was subsequently fired because he needed to leave to hit the gym.
UFC 170 takes place inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bantamwweight champion Ronda Rousey defends her throne against Sara McMann in the featured attraction.
Here is the show’s revised agenda:
(UFC Fight Pass 7PM ET/4PM PT)
Ernest Chavez vs. Yosdenis Cedeno
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Erik Koch
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Zach Makovsky vs. Josh Sampo
Cody Gibson vs. Aljamain Sterling
Raphael Assuncao vs. Pedro Munhoz
Alexis Davis vs. Jessica Eye
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker
Mike Pyle vs. TJ Waldburger
Demian Maia vs. Rory MacDonald
Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins
Sara McMann vs. Ronda Rousey (UFC bantamweight champion)