San Jose's Cormier gets new opponent for UFC 170

San Jose's Cormier gets new opponent for UFC 170
February 13, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Originally scheduled to fight Rashad Evans, San Jose-based fighter Daniel Cormier will now fight Patrick Cummins at UFC 170. (USATSI)

Anthony Garcia

Daniel Cormier will fight at UFC 170 after all.

The UFC announced that newcomer Patrick Cummins will replace Rashad Evans as Cormier’s opponent. Evans, the former light-heavyweight champion, pulled out of the co-main event of the Feb. 22nd card in Las Vegas with a leg injury, The fight will be the first for Cummins inside the Octagon.

Cummins (4-0), a two-time All-American wrestler at Penn State, is considered one of the top light-heavyweight prospects in all of MMA, winning all four of his fights by 1st-round stoppage.

Cormier (13-0) will make his debut at light-heavyweight, and it is well speculated that a victory over Cummins will vault him to No. 1 contender status for the 205-lb title.