Kyle Kingsbury is out of semi-retirement and has a fight set up in his hometown.
The Ultimate Fighter alum, who has not competed since 2012, will meet Patrick Cummins at FOX UFC Saturday on July 26 in San Jose, sources told FOX Sports on Tuesday. Kingsbury considered retirement after breaking his orbital bone in two places in a TKO loss to Jimi Manuwa in September 2012, but decided in the spring to make his return to the Octagon.
Cummins (5-1) is making a much quicker turnaround. He just beat Roger Narvaez by TKO in the second round Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Albuquerque. That was his second UFC fight and his first was a notable one. The Reign MMA product filled in on short notice in his debut against top light heavyweight Daniel Cormier in the co-main event of UFC 170 in February. He lost in 1:19 by TKO.
The 33-year-old Pennsylvania native and former Division I wrestler was working at a coffee shop in Orange County, Calif., when he accepted the fight with Cormier. He lost his barista job as soon as he picked up the phone to answer UFC president Dana White.
Kingsbury (11-5, 1 NC), who trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, has lost three straight, to Manuwa, Glover Teixeira and Stephan Bonnar. Before that, though, he had won four in a row and was on a major roll in the light heavyweight division. A veteran of The Ultimate Fighter 8, Kingsbury has been in the UFC since 2008 and a pro MMA fighter for eight years. The 32-year-old Kingsbury represents a major step up in experience for Cummins in his third UFC fight.
FOX UFC Saturday is headlined by a welterweight title eliminator between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown. The main card will air on FOX live from the SAP Center.