UFC 170 is less than two weeks away and it has just suffered a tough blow with co-main event star Rashad Evans having to pull out of his fight with Daniel Cormier due to a leg injury.
At this stage the UFC has indicated that the event will now go ahead with the remaining 10 fights it has scheduled, but Cormier hasn’t given up hope that he could find a new opponent, and there may still be a glimour of hope that he’ll get one as Chael Sonnen has thrown his hat into the ring.
“@dc_mma ya know I haven’t been crazy about you attitude as of late. Daddy ain’t ready, but he’s ready enough,” Sonnen wrote to Cormier on Twitter. “Feb 22 just say my name…”
Sonnen already has his hands full with filming TUF: Brazil 3 and then preparing to fight his rival coach Wanderlei Silva at UFC 173 in May, so there’s a good chance the UFC won’t want to jeopardize that eagerly anticipated bout, but despite the fact that they are both collegues on FOX Sports 1, Cormier appears up for it if it can be arranged.
“I’m so sad, but I wanna fight,” Cormier, who had been all set to make his 205lb debut wrote on Twitter. “I’ve trained so hard. Chael Sonnen, Anthony Johnson, anybody. Maybe a heavyweight. Anyone please!”
Evans is believed to be out for four weeks though, and soon after the news first broke UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta had indicated that their currently looking at the possibility of rescheduling his fight with Cormier for UFC 172: Jones Vs Teixeira in May.
If the UFC do stick with their original decision to remove Cormier from UFC 170 then the card will proceed with it’s currently scheduled main event title fight between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann, with a fight between Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia moving up to the co-main event slot.