Round 1: They meet in the middle of the octagon. Cummings lands a right hand while Cabral landed a right hand. It stunned Cabral. Cummings secures a takedown. Cabral applies a triangle choke. He delivers elbows from the bottom. Cummings escapes the choke attempt. Cabral stands and they work inside the clinch position. He presses Cummings against the cage. Cabral drags Cummings to the canvas. Cummings quickly gets to his feet. Cabral takes him down again. Cabral works to mount Cummings. He pulls Cummings away from the cage and lands short elbows. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Cabral.
Round 2: They touch gloves to start the second frame. Cabral throws a high kick. Cummings catches it and tosses Cabral to the ground. He delivers kicks to the legs of the downed Cabral before letting him up. Cummings lands a left hand. Cabral moves in with a right hand. Cabral looks for a takedown. Cummings stuffs it, but Cabral pulls guard. Cummings delivers short shots from the top position. He stands out of Cabral’s guard and lets Cabral up. Cummings lands a kick to the body. They exchange kicks to the body. Cabral pressures Cummings against the cage. Cummings counters and turns Cabral. Cabral changes levels looking to get the fight to the ground. Cummings sprawls. Cummings has his hands down. He lands a right hand. Cummings shoots in and secures a takedown in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cummings.
Round 3: Cummings lands a left hand to start the final round. Cabral looks for a takedown, but Cummings stuffs it. They work for position along the cage. They separate and Cabral lands a spinning elbow on the break. Cabral lands another one. Cummings takes him down. They scramble. Cummings gains top position. Cabral looks for a triangle choke, but Cummings escapes the attempt. Cabral works to isolate a leg. Cummings advances to the mount position. Cabral rolls and Cummings has full back mount with two minutes remaining in the round. Cummings looks for a rear naked choke, but it’s not there. Cabral slips out the backdoor and is in side control. He isolates an arm. Cabral goes for a shoulder lock. Cummings escapes the submission attempt. Cummings reverses Cabral. He lands left hands. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cummings.
The judges scored the fight for Cummings by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.
“I knew his Jiu Jitsu was amazing so I was really relying on the power of my hands to get him hesitant to shoot and get me to the ground. When he did shoot, I wanted to use my hands to tire him out and I think I did that.
“Whatever the UFC gives me next, I’m ready to go.”