As if it came out of left field, it is being reported by multiple internet sources that Daniel Cormier has found a new opponent for UFC 170. That individual is UFC newcomer Patrick Cummins. Cormier’s original opponent for the event was Rashad Evans, but due to injury Evans had to pull out of the fight.
Cummins is somewhat of a surprise replacement for Cormier. He is 4-0 in his MMA career and will be making his UFC debut at the event. Each of his victories have come in the first round with two fights ending by TKO and two by submission. His MMA debut came in December 2010 under the Strikeforce banner as he defeated Terrell Brown by TKO. In his most recent outing, he submitted Willie Smalls in Sparta Combat League.
Though the bout will ultimately save Cormier from wasting his training days, this is a lose-lose fight for him now. Against Evans, he stood a chance at making a statement for a light heavyweight title bid. He will gain nothing by beating Cummins, even in impressive fashion.
If Cormier defeats Cummins, he just beat a fighter making his UFC debut and gain no momentum in the division. If he loses to Cummins, he might want to check himself out of a possible title clash with Jon Jones.
On the flip side, Cummins is in a win-win situation. His UFC debut will come against one of the top fighters in the organization which gives him a chance to skyrocket to the top of the food chain. If Cummins can keep the fight close and possibly drag it out to a decision, even in defeat he will still manage to inch his way up the ladder.