Patrick Cummins will make his Octagon debut against Daniel
Cormier. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Cormier will compete at UFC
170, after all.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced Thursday that
onetime Strikeforce talent Patrick
Cummins will now face Cormier at the Feb. 22 event, replacing
an injured Rashad
Evans in the light heavyweight co-headliner.
Evans’ withdrawal was announced Wednesday evening, and it was
rumored the promotion intended to rebook the matchup for UFC 172.
However, Cummins took to Twitter that night and offered his
services -- a request that the UFC apparently heard loud and
UFC 170 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas
and is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title showdown between
Olympic medalists Ronda
Rousey and Sara
A former standout wrestler at Penn State University, Cummins made
his MMA debut in 2010 but saw his fighting aspirations postponed
after serving jail time for a 2008 burglary charge. The undefeated
light heavyweight returned to action in 2012 and rattled off three
more wins, most recently competing last May, when he scored a
first-round submission of Willie
Smalls in Colorado.
Cormier, meanwhile, will now make his 205-pound debut after earning
13 straight victories to begin his career as a heavyweight. The
34-year-old joined the UFC last year after a long run in
Strikeforce, besting Frank Mir at
UFC on Fox 7 before outpointing Roy Nelson
this past October at UFC 166.