This time last year, not too many casual, MMA fans were aware of the name Patrick Cummins, but as 2014 draws to a close, much of that has changed.
As you’ll likely recall, this past February, Cummins was brought in on short notice to battle Daniel Cormier at UFC 170, after Rashad Evans went down with a knee injury. Cummins quickly made headlines, after he claimed he had made Cormier cry in a wrestling session several years back. The bout didn’t go Cummins way, as he was quickly taken out by “DC”, but his UFC debut was certainly followed much more than other newcomers.
Since then, however, Cummins has gone on to stop Roger Narvaez and then decision Kyle Kingsbury in June and July respectively. If Cummins can defeat Antonio Carlos Jr. at UFC Fight Night 58 this weekend, then “Durkin” will have a nice, three fight winning streak going as he heads into 2015. In other words, since the loss to Cormier, Cummins has been showcasing the abilities which prompted many to label him as a top prospect at 205.
Cummins recently spoke to UFC.com about his upcoming bout with Carlos Jr., which will go down in the TUF Brazil 3 winner’s native country. So is Cummins worried about being public enemy #1 on Saturday? Evidently not.
Here is some of what the American fighter had to say about facing Carlos Jr. in Sao Paulo:
“I picked up my biggest wins in just about everything going into a hostile situation – I’m not in front of the home crowd, I don’t have that momentum behind me, but I think I get a little more excited and I perform better when everybody is doubting me.
“I watched the last Brazil card, and when the guy that isn’t from Brazil wins, it is completely silent. I’m looking forward to that. That’s exactly what I want to do. I want to make everybody shut up.”
Yes, in this case, absolute silence will likely mean good things for Cummins. It will be interesting to see how Carlos Jr. looks though, as he decisioned Vitor Miranda back in May to win TUF Brazil 3, but he was competing in the heavyweight tourney.
UFC FN 58 will feature a middleweight fight between Lyoto Machida and CB Dollaway in the main event, and former bantamweight champ Renan Barao is scheduled to fight Mitch Gagnon as well.