According to the UFC’s website, Patrick Cummins is a +950 underdog against Daniel Cormier at UFC 170.
Seems like a long shot to win, right? Well after talking to a few of his coaches you may find yourself questioning that twenty dollar bet you put down on Cormier.
According to Riley Ross, General Manager at Reign Training Center in Lake Forest, California, “Pat has been one of the most diligent athletes at Reign. For as long as I can remember he has always been around the gym training hard. He’s one of the very few guys who can match (UFC Middleweight) Mark Munoz’s work ethic.”
Ross also stated that Munoz and many other fighters from Reign have a great deal of confidence in Cummins’ ability to pull off the upset this Saturday.
“Everyone knows about Pat’s wrestling,” stated Ross. “But his striking is pretty devastating as well. He trains with a lot of top level fighters here at Reign Training Center. He’ll be ready come Saturday night.”
Many say that Cummins is untested in his MMA career, but fail to acknowledge that Cormier has yet to prove that his skills can translate well to the 205 pound weight class. If anything this bout is breaking new ground for both men.
From a purely conditioning perspective Cummins may have an advantage over ‘DC.’ Cummins has been competing at light-heavyweight for over three years, while Cormier will be making his first cut to 205.
The last time Cormier was this light, his kidneys gave out on him during a failed weight cut at the 2008 Olympic games.
In addition, Cummins may also hold a mental edge over Cormier come fight night. Since this fight was announced, Cormier has shown an aggressive side of himself that fans rarely see. If Cormier is unable to cool his mindset come Saturday night, he may be on the wrong side of the biggest upset in UFC history.
What MMA fans and pundits seem to overlook is that the situation Cummins finds himself in is the kind of thing fighters live for. These athletes work hard in and out of the gym waiting for opportunities like this. After speaking with Cummins’ coaches, it’s clear that he hasn’t been sitting on his couch eating doughnuts waiting to get a fight. He’s been in the gym preparing for this moment.
I will admit that Cormier deserves to be installed as a big favorite in this fight. He has yet to lose a round in his MMA career and has beaten some of the best heavyweights in the history of the sport.
Still, it’s a huge possibility that after Saturday the UFC’s biggest crime crime won’t be signing Patrick Cummins to fight Daniel Cormier, but that the promotion didn’t sign Cummins sooner.
I cannot wait until Saturday night.