Last week Patrick Cummins received the opportunity of a lifetime when he was asked to join the UFC and fight one of the company's biggest stars on short notice.The All-American from Reinholds, Pennsylvania, got the chance to take on arguably the best fighter in the UFC without a world title; Daniel Cormier.
"DC" was previously scheduled to face Rashad Evans in the co-main event of UFC 170 this weekend, but when "Suga" pulled out of the bout with a leg-injury, Cummins received the chance to fight Cormier on just nine days notice.
Cummins, who is one of Cormier's former training partners, accepted the offer immediately and began training for what could very possibly be the biggest fight he may ever have in his career. It was obviously a no-brainer for the two time All-American, who is currently unbeaten in his short career at 4-0.
If "Durkin" manages to pull off the huge upset, he will shoot himself straight into title contention in the UFC's light-heavyweight division. And if he loses, he still gets the massive exposure on a huge event. But does the 33-year old really have a chance against Cormier?
Cormier will be making his light-heavyweight debut in the fight after going 2-0 in the UFC's heavyweight division, taking wins over Roy Nelson and Frank Mir. Prior to that, Cormier had smashed his way through the likes of "Big Foot" Silva and Josh Barnatt to win Strikeforce's heavyweight Grand Prix.
With "DC" originally preparing for his toughest test to date in Evans, you can expect him to be well prepared come Saturday and in the best shape of his life.Cummins is a high-calibre wrestler, with four-first round finishes, so he shouldn't be overlooked by Cormier. But that's unlikely to happen after "Durkin" rattled "DC's cage, saying be had made him "cry" during training sessions.
The undefeated fighter may have the speed edge over Cormier, but that will all depend on how easily he makes the cut to light-heavyweight. Cummins also has the benefits of having previously training with Cormier as he was preparing for the Olympics, whether that will help him come fight night, we are set to find out.
How do you think the fight will go down, does Cummins really have a chance against Cormier?