UFC held press conference for UFC 170 and here is a part of an interview with Daniel Cormier:
“I’m not going to be taken down,”. I spent a lifetime developing that skill and I’m not getting taken down. When I look at a fight against another wrestler, this is how I approach it. In the sport that we all chose, I got to the top. People don’t just quit wrestling. You stop because you hit the end of the road, whereas I just continued to go.” “So in the sport I chose, Rashad chose, Jon Jones chose, and the rest of those guys chose, I went to the top of that sport,” Cormier continued. “So no, I’m not getting taken down.”
“I think some things have to happen, with Gustafsson fighting as well as he did last time he probably will get a championship fight first,” Cormier said. “But if I fight well enough, anything can happen. Nothing is promised in the UFC. If I fight well enough I hope to get the title shot.”
“I kind of think my resume speaks for itself,” Cormier said. “If I beat Rashad, he will be my third UFC champion in a row and my fifth win in the top 10. Most guys don’t have to win that many times in a row to get a championship fight.” “To fight a guy like Rashad, it says a lot about what I’ve done so far,” Cormier said.
“You don’t get to fight those type of guys. Those guys are reserved for the best guys. Fights against Rashad Evans, you don’t just get those. You have to earn those fights and I’ve earned that fight. it tells me a lot of what the UFC thinks about what I’ve done so far and where I want to go, because if I win this fight, it’s going to be very hard to ignore what I’ve done.”
Cormier is still undefeated (13-0) and since switching from Strikeforce to UFC he has beaten the following fighters: Frank Mir and Roy Nelson via unanimous Decision.
He is dropping from heavyweight all the way down to light heavyweight.
Rashad Evans is on a two fight win streak with wins over Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen with an overall rating 21–3–1.
UFC 170 goes down February 22, 2014 on PPV.