Daniel Cormier’s wish to remain on the upcoming UFC 170 card was granted by the UFC Thursday.
Just a day after news broke that Rashad Evans was injured and forced out of the co-main event fight, the promotion has signed newcomer Patrick Cummins to face Cormier.
Set for February 22 from Las Vegas, the night features Ronda Rousey defending her UFC female bantamweight title against Sara McMann.
Cummins (4-0) is a former training partner of Cormier’s and a two-time All-American while competing at Penn State University. He was an NCAA runner-up and trains with Mark Munoz and Chael Sonnen at Reign Training Center.
Immediately following the decision to remove Cormier from the card, Cummins posted on Twitter that he was “ready, in shape, on weight and (would be a) handful for anyone at 205.”
Cormier is making his light heavyweight debut after compiling a perfect 13-0 mark in the heavyweight division. That includes wins over Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett and Frank Mir.
He remarked on Twitter after news of the fight was made official, saying, “thank u (to Dana White, Joe Silva, Lorenzo Fertitta). What an organization u guys run. Blessed to be a part of it.”