UFC newcomer Pat Cummins has a tough task ahead of him, fighting in his UFC debut on short notice against the man ranked #1 in the world at heavyweight, Daniel Cormier. Cormier will be making his debut at light heavyweight after his fight with Rashad Evans was scrapped, and the first reports suggested Cormier would also be removed from the card.
However 4-0 Cummins will step inside the Octagon to fight the former Olympic wrestler, and will be fighting for the first time since May of last year. All of Cummins’ wins have come in the first round, and he is hoping to shock the world with a win over a top ranked fighter in Daniel Cormier.
2-0 in the UFC and unbeaten in his mixed martial arts career, Daniel Cormier was given a tough task in his light heavyweight debut when matched up with Rashad Evans. However the former 205lbs champion suffered a leg injury yesterday which forced him out of the bout, and Cormier will now fight a man few people know much about.
Chael Sonnen had recently offered to step in for Evans, but he already has a fight set with Wanderlei Silva in a grudge match. UFC decided to book Cummins, and this fight can go one of two ways – Cormier can look impressive and introduce himself to his new weight class, or UFC could have a new star on their hands in ‘Durkin’.
UFC 170 takes place next Saturday, 22 February at Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, NV. The card will be headlined by Ronda Rousey putting her UFC Women’s Bantamweight title on the line for a second time in under two months, squaring off against Olympics silver medalist Sara McMann.