Be careful what you wish for.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has signed top light heavyweight prospect Patrick Cummins, who will step in on super-short notice to fight Daniel Cormier at the UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event a week from Saturday (Feb. 22, 2014) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
From UFC President Dana White (via MMA Fighting):
"I heard about this kid Patrick Cummins before. The thing that's interesting about this kid is that he was the training partner of Daniel Cormier and claims that he made Cormier cry when they would train together. Not only did he say that, he said he broke him every time, and he said he would break him again next Saturday."
Interesting indeed... considering how this is a no-lose situation for "Durkin" (not that it helped this guy).
Cummins takes over for ex-division champion Rashad Evans, who stranded "DC" in "Sin City" after suffering an untimely leg injury, scrapping initial plans to re-schedule their bout for UFC 172 in April. The two-time All American out of Penn State is a perfect 4-0 with four finishes and once competed under the Strikeforce banner back in 2010.
But without a full camp, he's got a monumental task ahead of him.
Cormier (13-0) has also been flawless inside the cage; however, he's been fighting the best heavyweights in the world and has yet to find himself in any kind of real danger throughout the course of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The X-factor, naturally, is how well his body responds to the 205-pound weight cut.
So far, based on this pic, so good.