Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC 170 blew the roof off the Mandalay Bay this past weekend (Feb. 22, 2014) in Las Vegas, Nevada
Many combatants were left licking their wounds after a wild night of fights, including Demian Maia, who suffered his second straight defeat at the hands of a resurgent Rory MacDonald (video here). And Sara McMann, who was stopped by Ronda Rousey in a little over a minute thanks to a perfectly-placed liver shot (highlights).
But, which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now two days removed from the show?
The former barista looked to pull off one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts (MMA) history by handing Daniel Cormier his first-ever loss in what marked his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut.
In addition, "Durkin" needed the win -- or at least a decent performance -- to back up all of the trash talk he spewed toward "DC" which includes the now-infamous Cry-gate. Unfortunately for Cummins, four first-round victories in smaller shows weren't enough to prepare him for a bout against an accomplished veteran like Cormier.
Even if he apparently got the better of the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner on the wrestling mats.
A "pissed off" Cormier did exactly what he was supposed to do, and that's beat a fighter who had no business being in the Octagon with him in the first place -- regardless of what UFC president Dana White said -- as he was able to steamroll right through Cummins, making him look like a fish out of water inside the Octagon (replay) in just 79 seconds of the first round.
Of course, that's what the entire MMA community expected, so the end result was really no surprise. Unfortunately for Cummins, his trash talk only magnified the loss.
Still, despite the beatdown, "Durkin" may have come out a winner. Thanks to his initiative to ask for the fight after Rashad Evans came down with an injury, he earned himself a shot on the biggest MMA stage their is. Something that -- most of the time, but not always -- takes years and a bevy of experience to accomplish.
Furthermore, he found himself in the good graces of the Zuffa higher-ups for volunteering his services on a few days notice. As a result, the fighter that was making coffee for a living just a couple weeks ago, will have another chance to fight inside the eight-walled cage.
The fact that he was able to pull that off by creating buzz that nabbed the attention of White and Co., deserves plenty of credit in and of itself. His next bout, however, should be against someone not on the cusp of a title shot, or in the top 15, for that matter.
And Anthony Perosh -- who was last seen losing a unanimous decision to Ryan Bader last December -- sounds about right.
While "The Hippo" isn't exactly the cream of the MMA crop, he isn't a push over either, and he'll prove to a be a stiff test for Cummins, who shouldn't have made his UFC debut against a "killer" like Cormier.