Daniel Cormier gets ready to make his light heavyweight debut this weekend on February 22 at UFC 170. However, instead of facing off against the former UFC light heavy weight title holder Rashad Evans his opponent is, lets just say it bluntly, less impressive than his previous opponent.
Rashad was forced out of the bout after he suffered from a horrible knee injury that will most likely have him on the bench for the next six months. Though this is obviously a very unfortunate situation for “Suga” it’s proving to be a huge opportunity for Octagon newcomer Patrick Cummins who replaced Evans for the bout.
And though a victory over Cormier would surely launch his name higher into the overall rankings if Cormier were to lose this bout it could be devastating to his career.
Cormier took some time with “TheSHOOT” to explain in further detail.
“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.”
Jacked up indeed. Cormier is entering this bout as the former number one contender in the heavyweight division. A victory over such a high-ranking opponents would make Cummins career.
The question is, can he do it? Cormier says “no way”.
“Patrick Cummins can not fight me. There is no way in hell that he can 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.”
The killers he’s referring to are the likes of Josh Barnet, Antonio Silva, Frank Mir, and Roy Nelson, and killers they are.
Cummins and Cormier are no strangers to each other as they have faced off on the matt back during their wrestling days. Cummins’ wrestling seems to be the only thing that Cormier gives the rookie any credit for. However, he makes it clear that that doesn’t play a huge part in this bout.
“When I’m the cage with another wrestler, I feel like I’ve earned the right to say I have the advantage,” Cormier said.
With the former Olympian on such a roll it’s hard to think that someone like Cummins could take him out. Although, we’ve definitely seen crazier things happen.
If Cummins were able to pull off a victory over the likes of such a decorated fighter it would absolutely be the window of opportunity that Cummins has been waiting for. The only question is, does he have what it takes?
Tell what you think Penn Nation! Do you think that Cummins poses enough of a threat to Cormier? What are the chances that Cummins has enough to derail the big train that is “DC”? Give us your thoughts!daniel cormier, Patrick Cummins