Daniel Cormier and ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans are on a collision course that could alter the future of the UFC Light-Heavyweight division. The unbeaten Strikeforce Grand Prix Winner will look to take out the former champion of his new weight class, and would likely earn a shot at the title in the process.
Evans has been a 205lber for eight years, picking up notable wins over Chuck Lidell, Forrest Griffin, Thiago Silva, Dan Henderson, Stephan Bonnar, Michael Bisping, Tito Ortiz, Phil Davis and Chael Sonnen. He had previously won TUF 2 as a Heavyweight, but soon droppd to his more natural class at 205.
The betting odds are in for ‘Suga’ vs. DC and Cormier has opened as a whopping –280 favorite; something that Cormier feels is very unwarranted, check out what he had to say to MMAfightcorner.com:
“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.”
Evans’ recent losses to Jon Jones and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira probably helped the bookies on the way to their decision, but it isn’t all about records. Cormier may well lose his speed advantage that he had at 265, mainly due to how fast Rashad’s hands are as opposed to guys like Barnett or Mir.
“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.”
Cormier has proved us wrong in the past by winning the Strikeforce GP with wins over Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett, and a lot of people are picking Evans to hand DC his first loss. The Louisiana born wrestler could make it a perfect 14-0 with a win against Evans, but if I were a betting man I probably wouldn’t like these odds.