Next Saturday’s UFC 170 card took a big body blow as the highly awaited light heavyweight debut of Daniel Cormier has had to be put on hold, after his opponent Rashad Evans suffered a leg injury which will rule him out for four weeks. Though Evans will not have to have surgery for the injury, this is still bad news for the UFC and really sums up the horrid couple of weeks the promotion has had.
Due to an inadequate amount of time to find a replacement, Daniel Cormier has also been scrapped from the card and the welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia will likely serve as the card’s co main event. Cormier had been showing pictures of his leaner body, which makes the injury even more devastated as his weight cut will have to be put on hold for now.
Rashad Evans has won two in a row over Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen, and a win over Daniel Cormier would put him in line for a shot at the title. Cormier is one of the best heavyweights in the world right now, and has won his first two Octagon appearances over named opponents in Frank Mir and Roy Nelson. Unbeaten as a professional, Cormier would have been a tough test for the former UFC Light Heavyweight title holder.
However the highly awaited affair will not go on, and it is yet to be confirmed where the UFC will go from here. For speculation’s sake, I imagine the McDonald vs. Maia bout will be promoted to the co main, while Cormier vs. Evans will be re-booked, though the UFC may decide to set up another fight for Cormier while Rashad recovers.
UFC 170 goes down next Saturday, February 22, at Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, NV. The card is headlined by Ronda Rousey putting her UFC Women’s Bantamweight title on the line against Sara McMann.
UPDATE: Chael Sonnen, being Chael Sonnen, has offered to step in for Evans and fight Daniel Cormier.
.@dc_mma ya know I haven't been crazy about you attitude as of late. Daddy ain't ready, but he's ready enough. Feb 22 just say my name…
— chael sonnen (@sonnench) February 13, 2014