Patrick Cummins Announces He’s Off UFC 217

Patrick Cummins
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Patrick Cummins will have to wait a little longer to get back inside the octagon. “Durkin,” who is currently on a two-fight win streak in the UFC, announced on social media today that he will not be able to compete on next month’s UFC 217 card. Cummins had been scheduled to face fellow light heavyweight Corey Anderson at the event.

According to Cummins’ post on Twitter, a staph infection that is stubbornly refusing to respond to antibiotics is to blame.

Cummins (10–4) holds back-to-back wins over Gian Villante and Jan Blachowicz in his two most recent outings. Both wins came via decision, with the most recent coming over Villante at UFC on FOX 25 in July.

Would-be opponent Corey Anderson (9–3), meanwhile, is coming off a loss to Jimi Manuwa in March. Since winning The Ultimate Fighter 19, Anderson has gone 6-3 in the UFC, with notable wins over Blachowicz, a former KSW champ, and new Fight Nights Global champ Fábio Maldonado.

No word on a replacement opponent for Anderson, or if he will remain on the card.

UFC 217 takes place November 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In the evening’s main event, Georges St. Pierre returns after a multi-year hiatus to take on middleweight champ Michael Bisping.