Rashad Evans Doesn't Want To Fight His Friend Daniel Cormier, But He Will
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.07.2014
It could have title implications...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Rashad Evans (19-3-1 MMA, 14-3-1 UFC) said that while he's not happy about fighting his friend Daniel Cormier (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 170 at lightweight, he'll do it, especially since the fight may have title implications.
On Cormier's weight issues: "He couldn't make 211 (pounds) five years ago or so for the Olympics, so it's going to be hard if he's a little bit older. So it's going to be hard, but maybe he has discipline now that he didn't have then."
On their relationship: "I think he's kind of scared to text me now. But the thing about it is, you've got to put it on hold. You can't be palling around, because it's a fight. If I allow myself to think any other way than he's someone who's trying to separate me from consciousness, I've already lost. So Feb. 22, I don't have no friend."
On using his speed to his advantage: "Man, I hope it will be a big factor. But you never know. I can just imagine the transition from going against a guy who is fast and is one of the smaller (guys) at light heavyweight, versus going with the guys that he's used to going against with heavyweights. So there's going to be a bit of a difference for [Cormier] with the speed, but then again, I don't know the guys he trains with. I know he trains with (middleweight) Luke Rockhold a lot. I don't know if he's used to speed going with Luke, so it would be unfair for me to assess he won't be ready for my speed, when I don't know who he's been working with."