Patrick Cummins has his second fight in the UFC officially scheduled, and he will have a much easier opponent than previously. This past weekend, UFC officials announced that Cummins would take on Francimar Barroso on June 7th in Albuquerque, New Mexico at UFC Fight Night 42.
Cummins was brought into the UFC in the most unlikely of circumstances. After Rashad Evans was forced out of his co-main event bout with Daniel Cormier just 10 days before UFC 171, the UFC was desperately in need of a replacement. The card had already gone through multiple changes due to injuries, and this seemed like it could be the nail in the coffin.
Cormier, who was making his first drop down to 205, did not want his weight cut to go to waste, and begged the UFC to find a replacement. Patrick Cummins, who used to wrestle against and alongside Cormier, began to throw his name into the ringer on Twitter. Incredibly, the UFC and Dana White got a hold of Cummins, who was working at a coffee shop at the time, and gave Cummins the fight.
The angle? Cummins once ‘broke’ Cormier in practice. Over the next week the UFC sent Cummins through a whirlwind of media responsibilities. By the time fight night came, he really stood no chance at all. After being TKO’ed in the first round, Cummins went back to the drawing board with a 4-1 record.
Now he will get a legit shot at the UFC against Barroso. Francimar is 1-1 in the UFC, losing most recently to Hans Stringer by split decision at UFC Fight Night 38.