Morning Report: Daniel Cormier signs eight-fight contract with UFC, light heavyweight debut against Rashad Evans possible for March

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Currently sitting at No. 2 in the UFC heavyweight division, Daniel Cormier has come to terms on a long-term deal with the promotion. According to Ariel Helwani's report on Wednesday night's UFC Tonight, Cormier was mum on the terms of the deal, but said he'd signed on for eight more fights.

Additionally, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans tells Helwani he's been in talks to possibly meet Cormier in the former Olympian's move down to 205 pounds. Cormier has spent 2013 slimming down for his future at light heavyweight, going from 235 pounds against Frank Mir in his promotional debut at UFC on FOX 7 in April, down to 224 against Roy Nelson at UFC 166 in October. While Cormier says he's looking to fight as soon as possible, Evans claims talks are centered around March 2014.

Evans most recently scored a first-round TKO finish of Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in November, while Cormier earned a decision nod against Nelson, improving to 13-0. The pair joked post-fight following Evans' bout that a matchup down the road was a possibility, 'Suga' ribbing Cormier about past training sessions where he'd managed to take down the former U.S. Olympic team member.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via RealRadioBlog.com.

The People's Main Event: Shogun vs. Te Huna

The People's Main Event is a feature we will be doing each fight week in order to promote one of the more intriguing matchups that may not be getting all the love that comes with being a true main event on a UFC main card. The UFC gives more than enough attention to the headline fighters with all the countdown shows, TV spots, and free fights, and we thought out time and effor would be better spent building up one of the other, less promoted bouts.

This week's featured fight is an exciting matchup in the light heavyweight division between Mauricio Shogun Rua vs. James Te Huna.

MAURICIO 'SHOGUN' RUA

At one point in time, Shogun was one of, if not the most feared striker in mixed martial arts. Out of his 21 wins, 18 came by way of knockout, and 15 of which occurred in the 1st round of action. It's worth noting that many of these 1st round finishes took longer than the UFC standard of five minutes per round and even more involved the use of now-foreign terms like 'soccer kicks' and 'stomps'. Although, when names like Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, Mark Coleman, Rampage Jackson, and Little Nog stand among your list of victims, I think you've earned the right to ignore any statistical asterisks that may be attached to your name.

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