Patrick Cummins: I Know I Can Push Daniel Cormier And He Will Break


UFC newcomer Patrick Cummins has the opportunity of a lifetime when he squares off with Daniel Cormier in the co-main event of February 22’s UFC 170 from Las Vegas. Undefeated at 4-0, former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler Cummins stepped in as a late replacement for former champion Rashad Evans when “Suga” hurt his knee in training.

Cormier is set to make his light heavyweight debut at UFC 170, and that was almost switched to UFC 172. But, “DC” kept looking for a fight, and for good reason. Evans’ injury is reportedly a lot worse than was first released, making Cormier’s insistence the right move.

He’ll meet up with a former training partner in Cummins, and that dynamic is adding some hype to what should be an otherwise one-sided destruction for the undefeated Cormier. Undeterred, Cummins insisted on last night’s FOX Sports Live that he used to make Cormier ‘cry’ in wrestling practice, to which  “DC” was fast to respond with his own barb:

“That’s the key right there, I was getting ready for the Olympics. Charissa, this is the problem. Pat’s never been the guy. I was the guy. The training was focused around me. It wasn’t just Pat Cummins that was wrestling me. It was Pat Cummins and everybody else coming in and wrestling me.

And also, I was going through some personal issues at the time, but Pat Cummins, you need to be careful what you saying bud, things that happen in that wrestling room stay in the wrestling room. So not only have you crossed the line, but you have completely put yourself in my crosshairs.”

In truth, Cummins may be barking up the wrong tree, but in reality he simply has nothing to lose. His manager has reported that more than 50 light heavyweights have turned down a bout with Cummins since he started fighting in MMA in late 2012. That doesn’t matter at this point because the biggest name on that list signed on to fight him.

For his part, Cummins appears confident in what may very well turn out to be a losing effort. However, that didn’t stop him from using the opportunity to take a shot at Cormier’s well-documented struggles with making weight:

“I like being underestimated. The biggest thing I’m worried about is what percentage of Daniel’s purse I’m going to get when he doesn’t make weight. Can we come to an agreement right now on what we are going to do? Let’s say 20, 30 percent? Let’s go for 30. How’s that? I know that I can push him and he will break. I mean it’s plain and simple, plain and simple.”

The young upstart sounds brash and confident, not offering much in the way of respect for the former Olympian and national champion wrestler Cormier. But to Cummins that doesn’t matter, because he’s now in the UFC being pushed by its president on national television.

Was this a rushed and thrown together attempt at sparking controversy and hype over a fight that most are saying is a laughable mismatch? Or does Cummins truly have a chance at defeating his former training partner? Until we see evidence that he can, it’s tough to say this won’t be a lopsided beatdown.

  • I doubt that he can break D C , wishful thinking!

    • Ivy

      His last victory was against a fighter with 10 losses in a row! What the hell was Dana thinking?! "4-0"?!

  • He supposed to be a beast. He cant gets fights or he'd have a more impressive record 4 0 and his UFC debut is against DC must be something to it

    • I don't doubt he's a beast. I'd assume he's a freakin animal since D.C didn't deny that he broke him in practice he just added reasons why. This isn't wrestling. This is MMA and D.C has the experience against Josh Barnett, Big Foot Silva, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, and lets not forget he trains with Cain Velasquez daily

      • I ain't saying DC not a legit he has good solid skills and gets alto better every time he in there but I wouldn't look past a guy coming from his camp and has a smile on his face being thrown into the fire. He could shock the world

    • working in drive thru will do that to u, sometimes u need to get paid in order to train to take fights, Naw what im sayinggggggg

  • Cummins bit off more than he can chew. Daniel is a beast and he is going to destroy pat easily! Mark my words!

    • It's Patrick…remember, they're not friends anymore.

  • Ivy

    Why did DC take this fight??? He seems to be soooo sure that Cummins can't ever beat him. A victory over Cummins gets him NOWHERE.

    • It gets him a CHECK… easy money! Don't forget that these fights are not just for our entertainment. It's the way these fighters make a living. No Fight = No Money. No one else would step up, so DC took this fight and after hearing all this trash talk. I can't wait to witness the vicious beating DC's gonna put down on this kid!

      • Ivy

        For sure for the money, but DC is acting like this kid is a waste of his time. The whole thing feels like a circus thanks to Dana.

        • And you "assume" Dana is behind it? Seems to me like DC is genuinely pissed off about this kids big mouth.

  • this guy has not earned the right to be this arrogant. does he think this is another wrestling match? DC will keep it on the feet and knock his ass out

    Love how DC would say his full name just so ppl could remember his opponents name!!!

  • This guy sure knows how to j-rk Dana off… No class. I hope DC cracks open this guys inflated head.

  • Well, one thing is for sure, we've certainly got more hype and drama in this fight than we did with the Cormier / Evans bout.

    People are going to tune in to see this kid either get crushed or have some Hollywood moment, where he goes from coffee shop to Octagon in a week and takes out one of the brand's biggest stars. It would be pretty funny.

    He'll probably get killed, but the Cummins is a big, athletic fighter…so, who knows. Maybe he'll shock the world.

    I know one thing for sure, DC looks legitimately p***ed off and unhappy. If he needed any motivation for this fight, he has it now.

    • Yeah DC is gonna look to make a big statement….

      • And hopefully he will, TE. If he doesn't, wow.

  • whi is this clown? he will get murdered!

  • Awesome…And FK Interesting…. It's like watching Rocky 1…. Apollo Creed give a local boy Rocky, it's the chance of a lifetime….. NEVER UNDER-ESTIMATE THE POWER OF WILL…