Daniel Cormier was upset about his performance Saturday night at UFC 170 against Patrick Cummins for two reasons.
“I was made he hit me twice,” said Cormier, who finished Cummins in just over a minute, “after all the talking he did.”
The former Olympian was expected to face Rashad Evans in his light heavyweight debut. Evans, though, suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Cummins.
Cummins, making his Octagon debut, talked up the fight, stating he made Cormier (14-0) cry during a wrestling session years ago. “DC” stated the fight had to be quick and effective on his part.
“Yes, it had to happen this way. It could not go the distance,” he said. “Pat Cummins has a bright future in the UFC.”
Cormier, a former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner, decided to move down to 205 after Cain Velasquez successfully defended his title last year. The two are training partners and friends at AKA.
With Jon Jones set to defend his light heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira later this year, Cormier wanted UFC officials to know he is more than ready to step in if something happen.
“I fight right at the top (of the rankings),” he said. “If either guy gets hurt, insert me in that lineup.”