Patrick Cummins’ initiation into the UFC was a whirlwind. Within days, he went from unknown to headline-generating machine to the cage with a top-ranked opponent. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t go so well, as the former barista was finished by Daniel Cormier in just about the time it took him to pour a morning coffee.
Everyone around him though, has continued to suggest that Cummins has a future ahead of him, and he gets another chance to lay down some roots when he faces Francimar Barroso at the UFC’s June 7 event in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The promotion confirmed the matchup on Friday.
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Cummins’ loss to Cormier, a former training partner, was the first of his career, as he fell to 4-1. He’s always been adamant that he’s struggled to get fights as prospective opponents have turned him down due to his decorated amateur wrestling career as a two-time collegiate All-American and former U.S. National team member.
Barroso has far more pro experience, with a 16-5 record. He’s split his two octagon tries, defeating Ednaldo Oliveira in his promotional debut in 2013 before dropping a split-decision to Hans Stringer at the recent UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson II event.
The Albuquerque show takes place at Tingley Coliseum and features a headliner of Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov.