Daniel Cormier was set to face off against Rashad Evans tonight at UFC 170. After a leg injury forced Evans out of the bout, Cormier was left without an opponent just a few weeks out from his scheduled light heavyweight debut.
Following Rashad Evans and the UFC’s announcement that he would not be fighting, a 4-0 fighter by the name of Patrick Cummins took to twitter begging for the fight. Just a day after the fight was supposedly scratched, the UFC then announced that Daniel Cormier, one of the worlds best mixed martial artists, would now face Patrick Cummins in the co-main event next Saturday.
Now, where to begin? As already noted, Patrick Cummins is 4-0, who I have never even heard of, is set to make his UFC debut against Olympic wrestler and top contender Daniel Cormier. Cummins, who helped Cormier get ready for the Olympics, is said to have gotten this fight because he “made Cormier cry during training.”
I was absolutely dumbfounded when hearing Cummins say this. I see this as nothing but a squash match and a quick and easy payday for Cormier.
But what does this fight really do for Cormier? What will a win over Patrick Cummins do to help push his career forward? I for one don’t see the UFC giving “DC” a title shot after beating a newcomer who has a weeks notice. What if Cormier is hurt in the fight?
On top of not moving up in rank, he’ll be sidelined just like Evans is. And let’s not forget, this is MMA. Cormier could very well lose this fight and lose his chance at a title shot in the near future.
What I would have suggested would be for Cormier to fight the winner of Gustaffson vs. Manuwa, which is just a few short weeks away. A Cormier/Gustaffson fight would have been very intriguing as a title shot eliminator.
Perhaps I’m still bitter about some of the recent signings the UFC has made, while refusing to sign one of the best welterweights in the world, like Ben Askren. I see Cormier making quick work of Cummins tonight.