While Pat Cummins has done nothing but impress since his rather brief, and disastrous encounter with Daniel Cormier last February, the fighter’s manager believes fans haven’t seen nothing yet.
If you recall, Cormier was supposed to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 170, but the latter went down with a knee injury and Cummins was brought in. The UFC marketing machine quickly went into overdrive, and relayed to the whole world how Cummins was a top prospect, and that he could pose a real threat to “DC”. The latter went on to stop Cummins, however, in under two minutes.
While the result may have prompted some fans to give up on Cummins, and declare it was nothing but hype, “Durkin” has won three fights in a row. Most recently, Cummins worked his way to a UD win over Antonio Carlos Jr., who many believe is one of Brazil’s top prospects at 205.
Well, Cummins is scheduled to fight Ovince St. Preux this weekend at UFC on FOX 15, and recently the fighter spoke with UFC.com. During the interview, Cummins relayed the following about what his manager, Ryan Parsons, thought of his latest victory:
“He said ‘yeah, that was a great fight, good job. I think you’re at about 50 percent of your potential right now,’” Cummins laughs. “But that’s what I want to hear. To be the best, you’ve got to be super hard on yourself, and looking back on it, I agree with him. And that’s where I’m at. I’m always hungry to take that next step, and I’m looking for that hundred percent of my potential performance.”
There’s no question that Cummins continues to showcase why he’s been widely heralded as a light-heavyweight to monitor. If he gets by OSP this weekend, then that many more folks will be watching the accomplished wrestler’s progress.
It’s a big opportunity for Cummins, as OSP is ranked #8 in the division while he’s sitting at #13. When asked to comment on the differences between this fight, and his debut versus Cormier, Durkin stated:
“In a lot of ways it’s the same, but in a lot of ways it’s different,” he said. “I find myself still wanting to prove myself to everybody. I haven’t put on my best performance yet, and I’m still hungry to do that. So in that way it’s very similar, but it’s also very different. Coming off my first loss, that’s a whole different feeling. Right now I have three wins under my belt and I feel a little bit more established and I’m in a much more positive place in my life. I’m gaining momentum and I feel good about where I am. I just want to keep chipping away at things and get back to that position where I was a year ago and get that second chance and have a better outcome.”
Cummins-OSP is one of several, intriguing bouts booked for this Saturday’s card. UFC on FOX 15 will be hosted by the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.