Patrick Cummins won his second UFC fight with a dominant unanimous decision over Kyle Kingsbury at UFC on FOX 12. Kingsbury returned to the Octagon from a two-year hiatus, and was unsuccessful in front of his home crowd, losing all three rounds due to the wrestling dominance of Cummins. One judge even gave the fight 30-24, with a 30-25 and 30-27 from the other judges.
After losing a short notice bout against Daniel Cormier in his UFC debut, Cummins has showed his impressiveness with a full training camp. Now 2-1 inside the Octagon, Cummins is showing why he had so much hype coming into his debut, and his wrestling dominance was on display in a fight where he landed 11 takedowns.
Here is how the fight played out.
Kingsbury returns from a brief retirement to meet Cummins, who rebounded from an unsuccessful late notice UFC debut to grab a TKO win in his last bout. Kingsbury, sporting a big beard, gets a huge reception from his home crowd.
Round 1 – Cummins shoots in and has Kingsbury against the cage. He gets the leg and drags him to the mat, getting the back momentarily. Kingsbury works his way up but Cummins lands a big knee in the clinch and has him on the mat again. Kingsbury is up and turns the clinch around. Cummins trips him and lands a couple of elbows, getting into half guard now. Short shots by Cummins, who now tries to work on the neck. Kingsbury gets up but Cummins throws him back to the mat. He’s controlling the head again as Kingsbury gets up. A couple of knees by Kingsbury. They’re up. Uppercut by Kingsbury. Cummins drives him across the cage but unable to get the takedown. Short shots by Cummins land. Short shots by Kingsbury in return. Inside leg kick buckles the leg of Cummins. Kingsbury pushing forward now. Cummins gets the takedown with ease and proceeds into half guard immediately. Short shots again, and looking for a d’arce potentially. He’s got complete control of Kingsbury, and lands to the body. Short elbows land there. Controlling the neck again is Cummins. Huge elbows from Cummins. Kingsbury works his way up but Cummins has him in the clinch again. All ‘Durkin’ in the first.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Cummins.
Round 2 – Cummins with the body kick. Cummins gets the takedown 30 seconds in, and could get into mount here. Kingsbury gets his leg in-between and gets half guard but this is more of the same; short shots peppering away. He has the neck again as Kingsbury is working his way up, but Cummins is the one to separate there. Cummins drives in again and throws him down, right into side control this time. He’s letting Kingsbury up with ease, however. But he’s controlling the neck, keeping hold of Kingsbury and tiring him out. Good left hook by Kingsbury, but Cummins shoots back in and slams Kingsbury down, getting into mount and landing some big shots. This is dangerous now. Cummins is simply overwhelming Kingsbury, and the lay-off is noticeable. 1 minute left in the second. Half guard now for Cummins. Short shots from ‘Durkin’ from the top. Nothing too significant but they’re all adding up. Short elbow. Body-head. Pure dominance.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Cummins (20-18 Cummins).
Round 3 – Cummins got the better of that exchange. He lands a high kick. Uppercut then a left straight, and an easy double leg into half guard. He has Kingsbury against the cage and he’s relentlessly landing the right to the head of Kingsbury. Kyle explodes to his feet but Cummins giving him no space at all. He drags him back down and has control of the head again. A knee. Kingsbury looks deflated. A jab by Cummins then a double leg into half guard. More of the same. Kingsbury back up with half of the round remaining. Kingsbury with a short shot but Cummins returns fire. 116 to 22 in total strikes landed hitherto. Crazy. Cummins taking the centre and dodging most of Kingsbury’s attacks. Easy double leg by Cummins, once again getting half guard. That’s his 10th takedown of the fight. He has a minute left to finish the fight, but he looks like he may opt to coast to a decision. Kingsbury gets to his feet but Cummins has a hold of the neck. He may be too tired to attack though. 10 seconds. Pure dominance and Cummins coasts to a decision. He throws Kingsbury to the ground at the end.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Cummins (30-27 Cummins).
Result: Cummins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24).
Sheer dominance, and I can’t argue with the 10-8 rounds. It was sheer dominance, but I don’t think he quite did enough damage. Damn impressive nonetheless.
Check out the results for the fight card as they stand below. The full play-by-play can be seen here.
Preliminary Card (FOX)
Patrick Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24).
Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:39 in first round.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).