Daniel Cormier made the drop to light heavyweight for the first time in his career, and he was supposed to meet Rashad Evans at UFC 170. An injury to Evans opened the door for Patrick Cummins to walk through.
Cummins accepted the fight on short notice and made his debut on Saturday night against one of the elite in the sport.
Cormier and Cummins had plenty of talk in the lead-up to the bout, and it helped reinvigorate the hype surrounding UFC 170 that was lost due to Evans' injury. Cummins had the opportunity to make a name for himself in MMA, and Cormier needed a win to become a viable title challenger.
Here is what Twitter had to think about the co-main event of UFC 170.
And here we are. Cummins vs. Cormier. Still sounds funny, but here we are. It's like Here Comes the Boom comes to life. I'm intrigued.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2014
I still believe that @OfficialDurkin makes this a decent fight. A win is unlikely. But I think this will be a a lot better than expected— TJ De Santis (@TJDeSantis) February 23, 2014
I guess some people don't like money RT @jeremybotter Huge money came in on Cummins. DC closed at -900, Cummins +500.— Sean Smith (@SeanSmithMMA) February 23, 2014
Daniel Cormier is everything I watch this sport for, but I'm pulling for Pat Cummins because the promoter deserves the result.— Tim Marchman (@timmarchman) February 23, 2014
Cummins' pre-fight talk helped fire up Cormier for this fight. He was a two-time All-American at Penn State, but Cormier had the more impressive wrestling credentials. A lot of the pre-fight hype surrounded Cummins' and Cormier's time training together prior to Cormier's Olympic bid.
And thus ended the legend of Patrick Cummins. #UFC170— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) February 23, 2014
But...but..but...Cummins is a bad man! The best ever! The top prospect in the world. Or he was 2 minutes ago.— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) February 23, 2014
Cormier wins in a little over a minute. No playing around. Dominant.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2014
Dear MMA Fans: Think about that mismatch. Now remember all the MMA media guys who helped the UFC sell it to you as a real fight. Complicit.— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) February 23, 2014
Cormier takes his time, finds his spots and annihilates Cummins. Absolutely dominant over a UFC newcomer. Cormier takes care of business in just 1:19. Impressive, but expected. Cormier is a legit threat to the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.