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Ex-Penn State NCAA finalist Patrick Cummins gets win at UFC on Fox 12

Three faces of Patrick Cummins: Penn State wrestler, Real Pro Wrestling champ, emerging UFC fighter
Three faces of Patrick Cummins: Penn State wrestler, Real Pro Wrestling champ, emerging UFC fighter
Photos courtesy (from left) Penn State, Danielle Hobieka's, and Cummins' Facebook, all with permission

Patrick Cummins, a two-time NCAA All-American heavyweight for Penn State a decade ago, added another victory to the win column at UFC on Fox 12 at (location) Saturday night.

Cummins scored a unanimous decision over Kyle Kingsbury in a three-round light-heavyweight match at the Ultimate Fighting Championships event broadcast on Fox TV broadcast network. The three judges scored it 30-27, 30-25, 30-24 for Cummins.

In its live play-by-play account of the 205-pound bout, the mixed martial arts website described a trio of takedowns in the first minute-and-a-half of the first round, writing, “Cummins sticks a jab and gets inside on a single-leg, dragging Kingsbury to the canvas in the first 30 seconds of the bout. Kingsbury climbs to his feet, gets ragdolled back to the ground and stands again. Now it’s Kingsbury pushing Cummins against the cage, but Cummins hits a trip with his back to the fence and puts Kingsbury on the ground for a third time in 90 seconds.”

The rest of’s write-up describes a similar recurring pattern of takedowns from the former Penn State matman for the rest of the first round… and throughout the match.

“Patrick Cummins showed off that he is a pretty darn good wrestler and in fact a good prospect,” wrote T.P. Grant for MMA website “Saying he firmly out wrestled Kyle Kingsbury is a massive understatement, Cummins put had one of the all-time one-sided fights in UFC history, to the point where he received both a 30-25 and a 30-24 and those are both far more correct than 30-27.”

After the match, Kingsbury announced his retirement from MMA competition.

Cummins is now 6-1 in MMA overall, and 2-1 in UFC. His one loss was to Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 in late February. The ex-Nittany Lion wrestler, who replaced Rashad Evans ten days before the match, generated considerable anger within the MMA and amateur wrestling communities by publicly claiming that he had “broken” Cormier in a wrestling match years ago and made him cry. The former Oklahoma State All-American and two-time Olympic wrestler got his revenge, scoring a technical knockout over Cummins at 1:19 of the first round. Since that loss, Cummins has won back-to-back matches, including a second-round TKO of Roger Narvaev at UFC Fight Night – Henderson vs. Khabilov in June, and this weekend’s win over Kingsbury.

Cummins prior to MMA

Before launching his MMA career in 2010, Cummins had a meteoric career as an amateur wrestler. As’s Mike Riordan wrote prior to Cummins’ UFC 170 bout with Cormier, “As a high schooler, Cummins never placed in the top eight of Pennsylvania State Championships, and he only joined the Penn State University wrestling team as a walk on. During his first three years at Penn State, Cummins yielded only mediocre results on the mats as he bulked up from his high school weight of 189 pounds to well over 200 pounds. As a sophomore, he secured the job as Penn State's starting heavyweight, then, as a junior, he suddenly went from a relative nobody to one of the very best heavyweights in the entire nation.”

In what could be described as reminiscent of "Rocky" -- or a true Cinderella story -- Cummins became a two-time NCAA All-American, making it to the heavyweight finals of the 2004 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, where he lost to 2002 champ Tommy Rowlands of Ohio State in the finals, 6-2. A year later, a bearded Cummins won the heavyweight (265-pound) title at Real Pro Wrestling, a 2005 cable TV series featuring former college wrestlers competing under rules that were a unique hybrid of various amateur wrestling styles for prize money. Interestingly, Cormier was crowned Real Pro Wrestling champ in the 215-pound weight class.

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