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[Video] UFC 170: Cormier on Cummins, 'I would've considered him a friend'

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UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier makes his long-awaited debut in the 205-pound division this Saturday at UFC 170 in Las Vegas, Nev., when he meets promotional newcomer Patrick Cummins.

Cormier was originally slated to meet Rashad Evans at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino this weekend, but Evans was forced to drop out of the contest after an injury to his knee during a final training session early last week.

With Cummins, Cormier now finds himself against a new opponent with an entirely new fight-narrative waiting to play out. Evans was a former champion. Cummins is a former (one week removed) barista at a local coffee shop. Evans is an 18 fight veteran of the UFC. Cummins has just four fights in his entire career, and is making his UFC debut on just 10 days notice against one of the most devastating prospects the sport has ever seen.

However, as far as Cormier is concerned, Cummins might as well be Evans, because Cormier has been preparing for a “monster” either way.

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In this video, shot by National MMA Examiner Ryan McKinnell from the UFC 170 open workouts inside the Mandalay Bay, hear Cormier chat about his upcoming fight with Cummins, his mindset heading into a fight with the massive underdog, and how he once would have considered Cummins a friend.

Obviously, things have changed.

The always-jovial Cormier also shares an entertaining story about how, when earlier last week after finding out his fight had been canceled, blew off his fight-diet and made a run for Popeye’s chicken to wallow in his disappointment.

That, and much, much more.

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