After making his UFC debut under less than ideal circumstances in February, former collegiate wrestler Pat Cummins will get an opponent who is a little more on his level.
He will face Francimar Barroso at the UFC Fight Night card on June 7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event is headlined by a lightweight tilt between former champion Benson Henderson and Rustam Khabilov.
The UFC announced the bout via Twitter:
Cummins made his UFC debut in February as a late-notice replacement opponent for Daniel Cormier. Mere days before the fight, Cummins was working as a barista in a California coffee shop. He was on shift when he received a call from Dana White asking him to face Cormier and then famously was fired from his job for talking on the phone during work hours.
He went into the fight as a massive underdog, and rightly so. Cormier finished him in the first round, but Cummins made something of a name for himself by talking trash to Cormier in the days leading up to the fight.
With the loss, Cummins' career record fell to 4-1, but the light heavyweight has received constant praise from training partners such as Chael Sonnen and is a prospect to watch in the coming years.
Barroso has competed twice under the UFC banner, with one win and one loss. His last fight was against Hans Stringer last month, when he lost a split decision on the Shogun vs. Henderson 2 preliminary card. The loss ran his overall career record to 16-4.
Other featured bouts on the UFC Fight Night event in Albuquerque include Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson and John Dodson vs. John Moraga.