Patrick Cummins is far from competing for the UFC light heavyweight title. He’s also down the pecking order in terms of facing off with current contender Daniel Cormier again.
That, though, doesn’t mean Cummins isn’t thinking about both of those things. In fact, they could – eventually – happen at the same time.
Cormier is scheduled to face Jon Jones for the UFC title in September, and Cummins feels he could “kill two birds with one stone.”
“I wanna be the champ,” said Cummins, during an interview on Submission Radio recently. “And more than anything I want revenge against Daniel. I think he has a great shot of taking the belt.”
Cummins, a standout on the wrestling mats in college, signed with the UFC earlier this year and fought Cormier on just days notice. He rebounded from that loss with wins over Roger Narvaez and Kyle Kingsbury in June and July.
“I think by the end of the year I’d like to be in the Top-10, and next year, I think I can start to challenge,” he said. “As long as I can have as many fights as I’ve had this year, I think I can find myself in the hunt.”
As for his more immediate future, Cummins feels there is one contender that could be a great match up for himself: Anthony Johnson. “Rumble” is coming off wins over Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
“After I saw Anthony’s fight my coach and I looked at each other and said, ‘Man I would like that match up,'” he said. “Because really for me it’s weathering the storm. He’s an explosive guy and we all saw what he did to Nogueira in just over a minute.
“I think I can weather that storm and I think conditioning is still his issue. I still think if someone pushes him hard, he’s gonna have those same problems that he used to have when he was making 170, and I’d like be the guy to exploit that weakness.”
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