What does it take to make a guy as tough as Daniel Cormier cry?
The pressure of trying to make the 2004 Olympic squad, less than a year after his first-born daughter Kaedyn was killed in a tragic car accident. Though I reckon that would probably be enough to break any man, regardless of what was at stake.
So perhaps Patrick Cummins, who claims he made "DC" erupt in tears, should not be getting all the credit for the impromptu waterworks.
That's according to his UFC 170 opponent, who sat down with his head coach, Javier Mendez, to set the record straight with Shoot! Media on his history with "Durkin," who he also alleges broke the first code of wrestling.
"This was around 2004, I lost my daughter in 2003, so I was having a whole bunch of personal issues. I called my head coach at the time and told him the story, he said 'That's not what happened, what is he talking about? He's lying.' We were simulating the Olympic games just as he said, and he beat me. He did beat me in a match, and I said, 'We're going again.' And the coach said 'No, the Olympics are over for you. You lost.' And that's what freaked me out and I ran out of the room. Yeah, I did cry, I was pissed off... We did compete against each other in reality one time. I was at 211 pounds and he wrestled as a heavyweight, he was the number three heavyweight in the country and I beat him 7-0. When we did strap our boots on and really wrestled each other, I beat him pretty good. We don't talk about training. That's wrestler code 101. He knew the things that I was going through at that time. He went and dug up some things that he should have never have dug up. The Pat I remember wasn't like that. That's just life, people change."
As fate would have it, history has a chance of repeating itself.
But whether it's the history of Cummins making Cormier cry, with an upset loss in the co-main event of UFC 170, or it's the history of "DC" running through "Durkin" with relative ease like he did back in 2007, remains to be seen. The good news is, we only have to wait a week to find out.
For more details on how this last-minute match-up came to be for the "Rousey vs. McMann" pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event on Feb. 22, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada, click here.