According to a Feb. 12 report from MMA Fighting, UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier said he was open to fighting either Chael Sonnen or Anthony Johnson at UFC 170 after news broke that his original opponent, Rashad Evans, went down with a knee injury.
"I'd fight Chael [Sonnen] in a heartbeat. I 'd fight Anthony Johnson in a heartbeat. I'd fight any of those guys," Cormier said. "There's somebody out there who wants to fight. Line 'em up. Then Rashad and I will fight later and that won't bother me. I just want to fight now. I just don't want this work to be for nothing. There's somebody out there that wants to fight."
Sonnen threw his name in the mix for a UFC 170 tussle against Cormier, after Evans officially withdrew from the card.
However, Sonnen is already booked for a scrap against Wanderlei Silva, so UFC officials decided to keep that fight in tact.
"Yeah, they said it's going to be hard to get someone on such short notice," Cormier said. "I'm hoping I can get someone to fight. There's somebody out there that wants to step up to take a fight at this moment. I saw on Twitter that Chael wants to fight. Ok, let Chael fight. Anthony Johnson fought a couple of weeks ago, he's still in shape. Let him fight. Or if there's a heavyweight. I'll fight at heavyweight. There's somebody out there.
"I don't want this work to be for nothing. I've killed myself in this gym. I've spent ten weeks away from my family. I haven't seen my girlfriend and kids because I've been training so hard. I go to the gym, I come home and I sleep. I see my girlfriend and my kids on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. That's the only time I have with my family. I don't want that to be for nothing.
"They're in a tough situation. I make a lot of money and fights have to make sense with my position in the division. They have to make sense, I guess."
At present time, it appears that Cormier is completely off the UFC 170 card.
"It's very sad. I've had to do a lot of things different for this camp because of the weight, having to make this weight for the first time healthy and where I'm well enough conditioned," Cormier said. "It's more than just training for a fight. It's all the other things I had to take into consideration. It's a completely different situation."
UFC 170, which goes down Feb. 22 in Las Vegas, will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann.
It appears that Rory MacDonald vs Demian Maia has been bumped up to the co-main slot for UFC 170. Additionally, Jessica Eye vs Alexis Davis has been moved onto the UFC 170 main card.