When Daniel Cormier first heard that Rashad Evans, his scheduled opponent for UFC 170, had injured himself during training, all seemed lost. This was going to be Cormier’s first fight in the 205 lb division, a division that has long been dominated by Jon Jones.
Cormier has already made his mark in the heavyweight division, defeating some elite fighters in Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett, and Frank Mir. He was hoping to have similar results at light heavyweight, and he still has the chance to do so thanks to Pat Cummins. Cummins, a UFC new comer, stepped up on short notice and will face him at UFC 170, and he’s brought a very interesting story with him.
Apparently, he was able to make Cormier cry during training sessions, sessions that were helping Cormier prepare for the Olympics. Cormier refuted these claims, saying it was a mixture of losing the match and personal issues that caused him to be so emotional. Sara McMann, who also wrestled in the Olympics and will be fighting Ronda Rousey on the same card, came to Cormier’s aid, saying that it’s perfectly natural to get broken down during these sessions, as that is what they are meant to do.
But has Cummins made a mistake in these allegations? Cormier seems to think so because he believes these events are supposed to stay in the locker room. Now that Cummins has disrespected him, Cormier is out to make a point. He’s out for blood in this fight, and he’s certainly the far more experienced, better fighter compared to Cummins.
It’s always fun to see these story lines develop; they make the fight more interesting and meaningful. But Cormier is taking this story to a personal level, and Cummins will pay for it dearly come UFC 170.