Can the real-life ‘Rocky’ story come to life or will Cormier reign?
When Daniel Cormier dropped down a weight class in the UFC, it was with the sole goal of getting a title shot at a person not named Cain Velasquez.
Velasquez and Cormier have become close friends, not just training stablemates at American Kickboxing Academy, so the under-sized heavyweight and former Olympian is looking to continue his winning streak through the 205 pound division.
His first bout was meant to be against a legitimate contender and former champion Rashad Evans until he injured his knee just days out from fight.
In steps Patrick Cummins the former coffee shop worker with a handful of MMA professional wins.
The new-boy to the UFC has fanned the flames and sold the fight well on short-notice saying he made Cormier cry during wrestling drills when the pair practiced during college.
Despite dropping down a weight-class for the first time, and there being much talk if it will blunt Cormier’s natural speed and quickness as a wrestler, the former Olympian hit the 205 mark with ease.
Hear from Daniel Cormier ahead of his first fight at 205lbs.
Hear from UFC debutant Patrick Cummins who a few days ago was working in a coffee shop.
Full UFC 170 weigh-in results
Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sara McMann (135) – for women’s bantamweight title
Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
Rory MacDonald (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
Mike Pyle (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (171)
Stephen Thompson (170.5) vs. Robert Whittaker (170)
Alexis Davis (135) vs. Jessica Eye (136)
Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)
Cody Gibson (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.5)
Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Josh Sampo (126)
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Erik Koch (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
Ernest Chavez (156) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (155.5)