Patrick Cummins quickly became a familiar name to UFC fans earlier this year, as he was tapped as a replacement for the injured Rashad Evans at UFC 170, and took on one of the sport’s fastest rising stars in Daniel Cormier. Yes, Cummins was easily handled by the light-heavyweight contender, but since then, “Durkin” has gone on to record back-to-back wins.
While he’s done so, Cummins has demonstrated why he was widely regarded to be one of the division’s top prospects when he was signed to fight Cormier. It’s been a noteworthy turnaround for Cummins, and the experienced wrestler knows if he can defeat Antonio Carlos Jr. this Saturday at UFC FN 58, things will be shaping up for a big 2015.
While talking to UFC.com recently about his recent successes and his plans for next year, Cummins stated:
“I really pushed for one last fight in this year. Most importantly for me is that I want to end this year on a high note. I came in pretty low (laughs), so I want to stay active as much as possible, keep climbing the ranks, but I want to go in there and end on a high note, cement in people’s minds that ‘Oh, this guy is for real. He didn’t just show up for 15 minutes and smile for the cameras. He actually wants to win.’
Since he faced “DC” on February 22nd, Cummins went on to stop Roger Narvaez in June, and then in July, he outscored Kyle Kingsbury for the UD win. While reflecting on UFC debut, and quick loss to Cormier, Cummins relayed:
“I’ve competed in front of some pretty big crowds, probably bigger than were at that fight, but it’s a whole different experience, so getting comfortable in that situation is the most important thing. I feel like I have all the skills, but the number one thing is feeling comfortable in uncomfortable situations. It (wrestling in college and internationally) sounds similar, but let me tell you – it is not.”
It will be interesting to see how Cummins performs against Carlos Jr., who won the TUF Brazil 3 heavyweight competition in May, by decisioning Vitor Miranda.
UFC FN 58 will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will feature Lyoto Machida taking on CB Dollaway in the main event.