After dropping a weight class, the two-time Olympian and undefeated Daniel Cormier is set to face off against former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans this February 22 in his Light Heavyweight debut at UFC 170.
Currently the odds are in his favor and he is a 3-1 favorite.
“That’s ridiculous,” said Cormier.
“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 1 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.”
This will be Cormier’s debut bout at 205, and he doesn’t necessarily see that as an advantage.
“I do lose a speed advantage but you got to understand, it’s like when you lose weight, you get faster. It’s not like I’m going to get slower because I’m going down. I’m actually going to move better. I wrestled 185-pounds in college and when I was down at 185, I moved just as fast as the guys I was wrestling.”
(quotes via mmafightcorner.com)