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Daniel Cormier Faces Ryan Bader in Fight Night 68

(Cormier vs. Cummings in UFC 170, photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Daniel Cormier (15-1) begins his climb back up the light heavyweight ladder, announcing last night on UFC Tonight that he will face Ryan Bader at Fight Night 68.

“DC is going back to New Orleans and I’m bringing the UFC with me,” Cormier said. “I start my trek back to the UFC light heavyweight championship. I can’t wait.”

(Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce, photo: Esther Lin/Zuffa LLC/Forza LLC via Getty Images)

The former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion suffered the first lost of his professional mixed martial arts career to Jon Jones at UFC 182. The unanimous decision loss to the light heavyweight champion now pins “DC” against TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader (19-4), who managed to edge a split decision win over the skilled Phil Davis (13-3-1). Up until UFC on Fox 14, the hands down man with the potential to take it to Jon Jones was Alexander Gustafsson. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson took that all away with a first round knockout of the former contender.

(Gustafsson vs. Jones, a light heavyweight battle for the history books)

According to MMA Fighting, UFC President Dana White stated that if both Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson are indeed successful in their next fights, a match-up between the two is likely to be to be a 205 lb. title eliminator. For Gustafsson, former light heavyweight champion #4 Rashad Evans seems like a logical matchup next for the former contender.

However, MMA Fighting has reported that Evans will not return to the octagon any time soon. According to UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani, Evans discovered in December that his body had rejected the cadaver tissue from an operation to repair his knee last year. He was still planning on fighting, but Once Teixeira withdrew, he opted to have a second surgery to correct the ACL.

With Rashad Evans out of the light heavyweight picture, who do you think will be next for Gustafsson? Will Ryan Bader surprise the Strikeforce veteran and steal his title eliminator thunder?

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Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.