Undefeated light heavyweight Patrick Cummins has come into his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut with a bang, being thrust into the UFC 170 co-main event on short notice against top title contender, Daniel Cormier (details here.)
The storyline surrounding their bout stems from previous encounters the two had while wrestling, with UFC President Dana White recounting a story that alleges "Durkin" made "DC" cry.
While the chatter could be nothing more than a ploy to help sell the Feb. 22 pay-per-view (PPV) event -- which will blast off from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada -- a potential spoiler for their co-headliner may be found in a 2007 wrestling tournament.
The Dave Schultz Memorial International Open.
With all the talk about Cummins supposedly having no problems with Cormier on the mat, the mouthy ex-barista seems to have had plenty of trouble against him during the only known record of the two engaging.
According to results archived by USA Wrestling, during the quarterfinals of the annual tournament, Cummins was shutout by Cormier, losing 3-0 and 4-0, respectively. The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product went on to win the division medal match, while Cummins lost again in the consolation round.
But who's keeping track, right?
UFC 170 will be headlined by a 135-pound women's championship contest pitting Ronda Rousey against fellow Olympian Sara McMann. Elsewhere on the card, Demian Maia and Rory MacDonald collide in a pivotal welterweight contest.
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