Truer words never fit a situation like the one Patrick Cummins currently finds himself in after he received the opportunity of a lifetime to face Daniel Cormier at this weekend's (Feb. 22, 2014) UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event after Rashad Evans suffered a devastating knee injury.
One that will keep "Suga" riding the pine for six months.
Cummins, on the other hand, has the chance to overcome all odds and pull off the biggest upset of 2014 by defeating one of the best fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA). As for Cormier, he has very little to gain should he get the win, while a loss to the unheralded barista jacks up his whole combat career.
The former Olympian explains the tough pickle he finds himself in to TheSHOOT!:
"This is a guy that knows how to overcome obstacles, he's a very dangerous opponent. This is a situation for me that a lot of people wouldn't feel comfortable getting into. There really isn't much to gain, I win this fight it doesn't do that much for me. But if I lose, my career, it's jacked up."
In his assessment, Cormier says Cummins' wrestling is the only thing he really has going for him in the match, which were allegedly good enough to make Cormier cry during their times undergoing "sadistic" wrestling drills on the mat.
But, according the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner, once the two meet in the center of the Octagon, Cummins will quickly realize he's in way over his head because he's never faced "killers" the likes of which he himself has defeated.
"He has one really, really strong skill and that's his wrestling. But, like I've said before I was going to fight Rashad, when I'm the cage with another wrestler, I feel like I've earned the right to say I have the advantage. I don't know how much is real. I haven't been around Pat for a really long time. Maybe that's the Patrick Cummins that I didn't know. He went by Pat when we talked back then, now he's going by his full name. I don't know, it must be him. The old guy that I knew doesn't exist anymore. Patrick Cummins can not fight me. There is no way in hell that he an win this fight. He's way in over his head. I've earned my spot. I fought some of the best fighters in the world and I stood across the cage from killers and I won. I've fought the best of the best and I won. He can't beat me."
Indeed, Cummins' resume pales in comparison to Cormier's, who has defeated the likes of Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson, among others, while "Durkin's" victories have come over names such as -- with all due respect -- Willie Smalls and Ricky Pulu.
Without a doubt, a victory over an established veteran like Cormier will definitely earn the Octagon rookie serious respect, but that's just not what is going to happen.