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Daniel Cormier to Fight at UFC 170, Welcomes Patrick Cummins to the Octagon

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett StrikeforceRashad Evans suffered a leg injury and had to bow out of his planned UFC 170 co-main event fight with Daniel Cormier, which was slated for Saturday, Feb. 22, in Las Vegas.

The initial plan was to scrap the fight from the card altogether and try to reschedule it for a future fight card with UFC 172 being the most likely target.

Cormier, having worked hard to get down to 205 pounds for his light heavyweight debut, was understandably disappointed, and lobbied for the UFC to try and find him a new opponent.

Chael Sonnen, as he is wont to do, quickly threw his name in the hat. His involvement as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 and scheduled fight with fellow coach and longtime rival Wanderlei Silva, however, dissuaded UFC officials from that option.

Another man who threw his name into the mix was Patrick Cummins, a two-time All-American wrestler with a spotless 4-0 record.

“@dc_mma lost all that weight & the fight got cancelled last minute…I’ll step in there @danawhite. We’re friends but we’re not ‘brothers,’” Cummins tweeted when he heard about the cancellation.

MMAWeekly.com sources on Thursday indicated that the UFC has backtracked on its plans to remove Cormier from the card and would instead enlist the services of Cummins, who is a top light heavyweight prospect that has been biding his time, working for an opportunity to step into the Octagon.

UFC president Dana White later confirmed that plan, announcing that Cummins had indeed been tapped to fight Cormier and return the UFC 170 fight card to 11 bouts.

Cummins has fought primarily for regional promotions, but made his professional debut as part of the preliminary portion of the Strikeforce card that featured Dan Henderson vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the main event.

It was unclear at the time of publication whether the Cormier vs. Cummins bout would remain in the co-main event slot supporting the UFC 170 headliner between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann or if it would be slotted in further down the card.

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  • Matty

    This sucks! I was hoping for dc vs Evans at 172. Doc is going to smash this dude. 4-0 record against nobody’s doesn’t mean he should get this fight

    • Matty

      *dc

    • shakejunt

      not only against nobodies.
      last 2 opponents: 10 fight losing streak (cummins being #9) and 0-3 record.

      the real attraction to this fight now is to see dc actually make weight.

  • Glenn Primo

    WHAT IS THIS ROCKY? What a ^%#$% joke!

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    I don’t know what to think of this. It’s cool the UFC is giving a guy a big chance to make himself very well known in the promotion but at the same time I don’t see one single fan happy about this. DC doesn’t have that many fights either but his resume is packed with very big names. I say he takes this fight but hey at least the guy has great wrestling credentials.

  • Rick Ricky

    Any light heavyweight fighter in the UFC that doesn’t have a fight lined up should’ve asked for the DC fight.

    • Seth

      Thing is, everyone is booked. Thats why UFC had to bring Rumble back – which Im happy and waiting for his fight :) – and thats why they had to sign someone for DC.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Cummins’ opponents have a combined record of 10-20. But, let Dana’s nightmare begin. Cummins by KO!!!

  • bajafox

    They both have a combined record of 0—0 at LHW in the UFC.

    Let’s see what DC can do at 205

  • brad king

    Evans woulda, Chael Sonnened, Cormier. Too bad! Cummins never hear of him b4, hopefully it is received well.

  • Advance*

    Cormier can still fight Rashad in a few months. He wanted to stay on the card and now he has an opponent. I don’t get how people can think this is a bad thing.

  • El Gvapo

    Good luck to Cummins, fair play to him for trying to seize his opportunity. People want to see DC fight at LHW and this guy has ensured that’s going to happen. I can’t see him having a chance myself but it’s a great story. Plus if DC doesn’t win decisively then that raises a lot of questions.