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UFC 170: Cormier vs. Cummins
By: Mark Kern - StatFox
Published: 2/22/2014  at  2:37:00 AM
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UFC 170: Cormier vs. Cummins

Saturday, February 22 Ė 11:00 p.m. ET
Las Vegas, NV

Daniel Cormier (13-0) vs. Patrick Cummins (4-0)

Light heavyweight bout
Line: Cormier -1,200, Cummins +775

Daniel Cormier makes his debut in the light heavyweight class on Saturday night as he goes up against Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 in a battle of unbeaten fighters.

Cormier is coming off a victory over Roy Nelson on Oct. 19 at UFC 166 by way of unanimous decision. In that fight, he was able to wear Nelson down, showing off his terrific cardio and conditioning with an overwhelming 74-17 striking advantage. Cormier is dropping to the light heavyweight class in large part because of his friendship with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. He has a chance to become a legitimate title contender in this weight class, as very few light heavyweights can match his strength. Cormier has an impressive resume with victories over Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva and Frank Mir. He will going up against a fighter in Cummins who literally just signed with the UFC. This match was supposed to Cormier against Rashad Evans, but an injury forced Evans to be out. Cummins is very new to the sport, with only four professional matches under his belt. He is a very tough fighter that has the power and strength to create a lot of damage. However, it will not matter in the end, as CORMIER is too big, strong and experienced. Look for this fight to end quickly.

Here is the Bet DSI breakdown on all the big fights on Saturday's UFC 170 main card:

Of "DC" Cormierís 13 career victories, he has a well-rounded five wins by decision, five KO victories and three wins by submission. The 34-year-old also has an impressive 4.02 strikes landed per minute in the UFC, and is a nice combination of speed and power. He's also very smart in knowing how to position himself, defending 100 percent of his takedowns and defending 71% of significant strikes in his career. The former Oklahoma State University wrestler has gone up against some of the strongest fighters in the sport, and that will be a huge advantage for him going into this fight. For Cormier, he must stay focused on the task at hand. This is a match that he is a huge favorite in, and he canít afford to overlook his opponent. Cummins enters this bout with absolutely nothing to lose, and that can be a dangerous fighter in the sport.

"Durkin" Cummins has two victories by knockout and two by submission, with all four being finished in the first round. Therefore, the longer this match continues, the more at a disadvantage Cummins might be against his superiorly experienced opponent. The 33-year-old Penn State graduate is a versatile fighter that can do a lot of damage on the ground as well as with his hands. He was a two-time All-American in college and the 2004 NCAA runner-up in wrestling, so despite not having any UFC experience, Cummins has thrived on the big stage before. He does know his opponent pretty well though, having trained with Cormier on the U.S. National team. Cummins actually wrestled Cormier in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Dave Schultz International Open, losing by decision. But in this match, he will have a lot of problems trying to take Cormier to the ground as he just does not have the strength to match up with him in this fight. For Cummins, look for him to really go all out in this fight with nothing to lose. This match very easily could end in electrifying fashion, and Cummins has the ability to knock out his opponent.

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