The UFC 170 countdown show aired last night, but if you missed it, we have got you covered. The second segment of the show takes a look at the co-main event of the UFC 170 card: Daniel Cormier vs Patrick Cummins.
As you have likely heard by now, this bout was originally scheduled to be between former Light Heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, and Cormier, but Evans was injured in training 10 days removed from the bout. Instead of scrapping the bout completely, the UFC opted to replace Evans with one of Cormier’s former training partners, Patrick Cummins.
Cummins and Cormier have a history as they were training partners back in their wrestling days. Cummins is an established wrestler in his own right as he was a two-time All-American at Penn State University and was the national champion runner-up. Cummins is 4-0 in MMA with 4 finishes, but has never faced anyone near the caliber of Cormier. Cummins has continually stated that he used to dominate Cormier in training, and even made him cry.
Although this bout lost some of it’s luster when Evans was forced to withdraw, this is still Cormier’s Light Heavyweight debut. With the division in desperate need of challengers, Cormier has to make a statement on Saturday night in order to get a bout with Jon Jones in the future.