Patrick Cummins has proven to be a solid name in the UFC’s light heavyweight divison, trading wins and losses and generally proving to be a tough out.
But he’s also proven that if you can hit him, you’ll find success. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira became the latest fighter to finish Cummins via strikes Saturday night at UFC 198 in front of a delirious sellout crowd of 45,000 in Curitiba, Brazil.
“I didn’t come in here to wrestle him,” said Nogueira (22-7). “That’s not what I came here for.”
Both fighters spent the opening minutes trying to figure out their range. Nogueira was successful first, as he began to find a home with his left hand. Cummins went to his wrestling base, but it only forestalled the inevitable, as Nogueira continued to pour it on. Referee Leon Roberts waved it off at 4:52 of the opening round for a standing TKO.
Cummins (8-4) is now 4-4 in the UFC, with all four losses coming via KO or TKO.
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The victory snapped a two-fight losing streak for Nogueira, who turns 40 next month. It was his first victory since a decision over Rashad Evans at UFC 156.
Given all that, it shouldn’t be a surprise Nogueira doesn’t care who he fights next.
“There’s a lot of guys in my division,” Nogueira said. “Anyone Dana White wants me to fight, I’ll fight him.”
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