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Tuesday, 12/10/2013, 07:41 am

Daniel Cormier On Fighting His Friend Rashad Evans: I Have To Hurt Him

Daniel Cormier, the former Olympic wrestler and current MMA phenom has finally made the decision to go down to light heavyweight after compiling a 13-0 record in the heavyweight division.

Unfortunately for him, his first test will be against his friend and former UFC light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans. The fight will take place at UFC 170 in February, which also features a matchup between Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia.

Cormier went on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour to explain his feelings about the matchup.

“Yup. it’s official, Rashad and I are going to main event that card, my first UFC main event against a guy that, I think he’s 22-3, most people do not get records like that without being really good fighters,” Cormier said. “Rashad won The Ultimate Fighter, [was the] light heavyweight champion, and I think this guy is going to be in the Hall of Fame one day.”

It’s a true test to show where I am,” he said. “I know you got to beat those types of guys if you want to get a championship fight.”

Cormier went on to say “I offered them [The UFC matchmakers] 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.”

“I care about him [Evans] a ton and I think he’s a great guy, but now it’s time to get down to business and we’re going to get in that cage and I have to try and hurt him,” Cormier said. “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.”

Cormier made the decision to drop down to light heavyweight after his training partner and UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez successfully defended his belt a second time against former champion Junior Dos Santos. Cormier and Velasquez have been vocal in the past about their desire to not fight each other, and for Cormier, it seemed light heavyweight was the only place he could go on his quest for the title.

 

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