Cummins still confident he beats Cormier 9 out of 10 times

Monday, June 16, 2014

Earlier this year Rashad Evans injured his knee and was replaced in the co-main event vs. Daniel Cormier by the unheralded Pat Cummins. Cormier stayed undefeated, beating Cummins via strikes at 79 seconds into the first round.

However, Cummins appeared recently on Submission Radio and said he thinks he will beat Cormier the next time.

“I truly believe, anytime I step into the cage with Daniel I’ll be able to beat him,” said Cummins as transcribed by Submission Radio, and published at F4W. And I think, you know maybe 9 times out of 10 I can beat him right. I’m just happy that I got that one loss, that one time that I could possibly lose to him, I got it out of the way. So next time there’s no chance.“

“The biggest thing I learned is just to keep my focus. No matter how the fights going, you have to stay in the zone or stay in the moment, because as soon as you break your concentration, that’s when you’re giving your opponent an opportunity to capitalize. You know, I felt in the first thirty to forty seconds in the fight, I felt like I was doing great and I kind of thought, I remember thinking to myself at that time 'all of our game plan and everything that you’ve been doing, it’s all working right now. You’re winning, keep it up.' As soon as I had (that) thought I realized, man my head is not into this anymore. I just lost my concentration. So I think one of the biggest lessons I learned is just stay focused, stick to your game plan, and if the gameplan isn't working, you have to be able to think on your feet.”

Comedian Adam Hunter offered a counter point.

“Cummins said he beats Cormier 9/10 times,” tweeted Hunter. “When Cormier heard this he laughed so hard he spilled his coffee. Cummins got him a new one.”

Cummins also discussed his fight with Kyle Kingsbury at UFC on FOX 12 on July 26 in San Jose, Calif.

“We decided to sign this fight as quick as we could,” explained Cummins. “We saw he needed an opponent, and I think it’s a great match up. He’s come off I think about a two year lag, and you know, hasn't had a fight in a while, so I’m hoping that this fight could be his retirement fight.”

“He's been saying he's in shape and ready to go, so I think a guy coming off a break that long, he’s gotta have some confidence in himself to wanna get back in there. So I’m expecting a decent showing from him, but you know with that being said I’m pretty confident I can get the job done, whichever Kyle Kingsbury shows up”