UFC 170: Cormier records TKO over Cummings

UFC 170: Cormier records TKO over Cummings
February 22, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Daniel Cormier punches Patrick Cummins during a UFC 170 mixed martial arts light heavyweight fight on Saturday. (AP)

Anthony Garcia

New weight class, same result.

Bay Area-based UFC fighter Daniel Cormier defeated Patrick Cummins by 1st-round TKO Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 170 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight lasted only 79 seconds as Cormier staggered Cummins with an uppercut before jumping on Cummins' back and forcing referee Mario Yamasaki to stop the fight.

The fight was Cormier's debut at 205 pounds after spending his first 13 fights of his professional MMA career in the heavyweight division.

Cormier (14-0), who fights out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, had extra motivation for the fight as he was the subject of ruthless trash talking by Cummins (4-1).

"I'm mad he even hit me twice 'cause of all the talking he did," Cormier said in The Octagon after the fight. "When you talk, you have to be able to back it up."

With such an impressive win in his first fight at 205 lbs, Cormier is expected to be on the short list of title contenders in the light heavyweight division.

"I fit right at the top. If either of those guys (Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira) get hurt they should insert me into that lineup."

Ronda Rousey defeated Sara McMann with a 1st-round KO to retain her UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship in the main event.