It's been a mad scramble to keep Daniel Cormier on UFC 170 instead of keeping him off the card altogether. At first it was believed that the UFC would re-book Cormier against the currently injured Rashad Evans for UFC 172, but instead Cormier will make his LHW debut against two-time All-American wrestler Patrick Cummins.
Cummins holds a pro record of 4-0, albeit against completely outmatched competition, and has served as a training partner for the likes of King Mo, Jason Miller, and Cormier himself. His highest achievement in NCAA wrestling was a 2004 national runner-up placing in the heavyweight division. Here's UFC president Dana White's thoughts on Cummins (via MMAFighting), as well as Cummins' claims that he "broke" Cormier in training:
UFC 170: So Who is Pat Cummins Anyway?
Pat Cummins, Daniel Cormier's new opponent in UFC 170's light heavyweight co-main event, served jail time for a burglary conviction.
"I heard about this kid Patrick Cummins before," UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com. "The thing that's interesting about this kid is that he was the training partner of Daniel Cormier and claims that he made Cormier cry when they would train together. Not only did he say that, he said he broke him every time, and he said he would break him again next Saturday."
Cormier vs. Cummins is now the new co-main event, so Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia will not be bumped up as originally planned if they couldn't find a replacement for Cormier in time for next week's event.