If fights were only 30 seconds long, Patrick Cummins would have defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 170.
That's according to "Durkin," who told our friends at Submission Radio that he was controlling the action against "DC" earlier this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, before a break in concentration allowed his former wrestling rival to find his groove and come out with a win.
"The biggest thing I learned is just to keep my focus. No matter how the fight's going, you have to stay in the zone or stay in the moment, because as soon as you break your concentration, that's when you're giving your opponent an opportunity to capitalize. You know, I felt in the first 30-40 seconds in the fight, I felt like I was doing great and I remember thinking to myself at that time 'all of our game plan and everything that you've been doing, it's all working right now. You're winning, keep it up.' As soon as I had thought I realized, man my head is not into this anymore. I just lost my concentration. So I think one of the biggest lessons I learned is just stay focused, stick to your game plan, and if the gameplan isn't working, you have to be able to think on your feet. I truly believe, anytime I step into the cage with Daniel I'll be able to beat him. And I think, you know maybe nine times out of 10 I can beat him right. I'm just happy that I got that one loss, that one time that I could possibly lose to him, I got it out of the way. So next time there's no chance."
Unfortunately for Cummins, there may not be a next time, let alone nine more times.
That's because the undefeated Cormier is ranked No. 2 in the world at light heavyweight and is widely-expected to get the winner of Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, who rematch later this year for "Bones'" belt. "Durkin," meanwhile, still has to get through Kyle Kingsbury next month on FOX.
More on that fight here.