Despite a report that Daniel Cormier vs. Rashad Evans was being moved to UFC 172, it has been confirmed that Cormier (13-0) will remain on the UFC 170 card, in the co-main event slot as he takes on Patrick Cummins (4-0) who will make his debut against arguably the biggest prospect in the sport.
Cormier’s original opponent, Rashad Evans, suffered an injury this week and pulled out of their bout late Wednesday night, just 10 days before UFC 170. Cormier expressed his grief towards not being able to fight on the card as he tweeted a plea to the UFC to give him an opponent for the card.
Chael Sonnen was one of the few to offer their services to keep Cormier on the card but it seemed like Cormier vs. Evans would simply be moved as Evans faced just a four week rehab for his injury. Instead, Cormier was given a fight with Cummins.
Here is the announcement front he UFC and Cummin’s subsequent reaction:
— Patrick Cummins (@OfficialDurkin) February 13, 2014
His new opponent Cummins is a 2-time NCAA All American recipient as a walk-on Penn State wrestler and now stands to put on what could easily be the biggest upset of the year if he pulls off a win. His biggest win to date is a 2010 Strikeforce victory which began his professional career. What makes this story even more appealing is the fact that Cummins has a normal job at a local coffee shop in California where he had reportedly been fired for taking the call from White who in response told Cummin’s to relay this message to his boss (Courtesy Dave Farra, Producer, MMA Awards)
Dana: I couldn’t get a hold of Cummins because he was at work (at a coffee house). Dana got him on the phone and his manager fired him (1/2) — Dave Farra (@DaveFarra) February 13, 2014
(2/2) for talking on the phone to DW. Dana: “Tell your manager to go f**k themselves and go to the gym, you got the fight” #UFC170
— Dave Farra (@DaveFarra) February 13, 2014
Bad blood also fuels this bout as Cummins is a former training partner of Cormier and told MMAFighting that when they trained, he made Cormier cry. “I heard about this kid Patrick Cummins before,” UFC president Dana White said. “The thing that’s interesting about this kid is that he was the training partner of Daniel Cormier and claims that he made Cormier cry when they would train together.”
Cormier responded by saying that he would ‘whoop [Cummin’s] ass on the biggest stage in the world on Saturday night’. (Post via Brett Okamoto, @bokamotoespn)
UFC 170 will take place on February 22nd from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event is a women’s bantamweight bout between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann.
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