Corey Anderson was a man on a mission at UFC Atlantic City, beating Patrick Cummins from pillar to post and earning a 30-26 decision against the wrestler.
Corey Anderson has been on the cusp of breaking into the top of the light heavyweight division, but losses to Ovince Saint Preux and Jimi Manuwa have prevented him from doing so. He’ll look to stop a two-fight losing streak when he takes on Patrick Cummins at UFC Atlantic City.
Patrick Cummins is on the opposite side of the tracks, riding a two-fight win streak into the event. Cummins has defeated Gian Villante and the surging Jan Blachowicz in his last two bouts.
Patrick Cummins started the action with a jab, but Anderson answered with one of his own. Cummins came forward with a combination and shot for a takedown, but Corey Anderson defended well.
When the fighters separated, Cummins ate a huge combination from Anderson, then Anderson went on an onslaught. “Overtime” continued to throw bombs and Cummins ate everything. Anderson defended a weak shot and continued to land huge blows that were rocking the wrestler.
Cummins wasn’t going away, so Anderson took him down. Cummins got up quickly, but Anderson stayed on him with endless strikes. Anderson landed a beautiful double leg takedown, and took the back of Cummins, but Cummins was able to survive, standing up right before the end of the round.
The momentum continued for Anderson in the second round, landing several punches then a flying knee to start the round. Anderson initiated a clinch, but Cummins was able to stay on his feet. Anderson went right back in and landed another beautiful takedown, then took his back. Cummins was able to shake him off.
Anderson landed another pair of takedowns before the round came to a close, and he dominated the first two rounds of the bout.
Cummins landed a left early, but Anderson had him down again soon after. Anderson rode the back of Cummins until he stood up again, which only led to another Anderson takedown. Anderson flattened his opponent out, but Cummins stayed strong and never let Anderson truly gain a finishing position.
Corey Anderson def. Patrick Cummins by Unanimous Decision (30-26 x2, 30-27)