Former U.S. Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier admits he cried after a training session with Patrick Cummins in 2004.
But, Cormier wants everyone to know that issues surrounding him were more of the reason for the breakdown than Cummins.
The two will square off this Saturday night at UFC 170 in the co-main event from Las Vegas.
Cormier, in an interview with Shoot Media, explained what went down inside the wrestling room on that day.
“This was around 2004,” Cormier began. I lost my daughter in 2003, so I was (already) having a whole bunch of personal issues. (We) were simulating the Olympic Games, just as (Cummins) said and he did beat me in a match.
“I said, ‘We’re going again,’ (but) coach told me, ‘No, the Olympics are over for you. You lost.’ That’s what freaked me out and I ran out, and I did cry; I was pissed off.”
Cormier did want it known that when the two squared off on the wrestling mat officially, he earned a victory over him, 7-0.
“I was at 211 pounds and he wrestled at heavyweight,” Cormier said, of the official bout. “He was the No. 3 heavyweight in the country and I beat him.
“So, when we really did strap our boots on and wrestled each other, I beat him pretty good.”
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva posted another update on his return status this weekend, and this one should show that “The Spider” is serious about a return.
Along with the simple message of “I’m coming back,” Silva posted a picture of himself grappling in the gym. It’s unknown if this is a brand new picture, or one from a previous training session he took part in, but the Brazilian is continuing to rehab rather quickly.
Silva broke his leg in December when UFC champion Chris Weidman checked a kick attempt in their title match.
Estou voltando . pic.twitter.com/QXis1oNSv7
— Anderson Silva (@SpiderAnderson) February 16, 2014
Pat Cummins will make his Octagon debut this coming Saturday night at UFC 170 against Daniel Cormier in the co-main event.
Cummins replaced Rashad Evans who went down with a knee injury.
While not much is known of Cummins, a former Penn State University wrestler, you now have the chance to see what he’s done inside the cage.
Below are three of Cummins’ four professional fights, including one in Strikeforce. He is 4-0 in hsi career to date.
Despite not being Octagon-side to call the action, Joe Rogan remained an interested observer of Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 36 card from Brazil.
The main event featured former UFC champion Lyoto Machida scoring a decision victory over ex-Strikeforce champ Gegard Mousasi. The win moves Machida closer to a future title shot, as he is now 2-0 at 185 pounds after dropping down.
Before the final horn sounded, “The Dragon” landed a handful of big-time head kicks to Mousasi, who took the brunt of the damage and never went down.
“Amazed at Mousasi’s chin (Saturday),” Rogan posted on Twitter. “Never seen a guy eat Lyoto’s head kick like that.”
Rogan was also impressed by Machida, who he said “is fast as a turbocharged (cheetah) at 185.”
The division is currently led by Chris Weidman, who defends his title later this year vs. Vitor Belfort. But with challengers like Machida and fellow UFC Fight Night winner Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza pouncing, it is getting deeper by the minute.
“185 is getting interesting,” Rogan posted. “‘Jacare’ is a real threat standing and on the ground. Even more impressive that he came into the fight injured (he mentioned an arm injury post-fight).”