33-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 21-6-0
May 19, 2018 Zak Cummings News
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Cummings lost to Michel Prazeres via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Santiago, Chile.
Cummings struggled to get his offense going against Prazeres. The former lightweight was able to control the first round with his grappling. He then disrupted Cummings' offense with overhand right power punches. He could have benefited from a better strategy. Since, he was basically looking to counter a fighter who was not interested in throwing volume. Cummings had picked up back-to-back wins prior to this fight, but this performance stopped his momentum.
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Fantasy AnalysisCummings was supposed to face Thiago Alves last November, but was forced to withdraw due to a head injury. He'll now take on a former lightweight in Prazeres, and hold both height and reach advantages heading into the bout. Prazeres hasn't been defeated since a 2015 loss to former title contender Kevin Lee, while Cummings will look to build on a two-fight winning streak of his own.
Fantasy AnalysisIn a freak accident, it appears as though Cummings slipped in his bathtub and hit his head on a handrail while he was attempting to cut weight for this fight. Since the 33-year-old will be unable to compete, Alves will miss out on an opportunity as the promotion doesn't have enough time to find him a replacement. It doesn't look like there should be too much concern for Cummings moving forward, but there will likely be an update on his status in the coming weeks.
Fantasy AnalysisCummings will be competing on the first UFC card of 2018 after appearing in just one fight in 2017. The 33-year-old is 4-1 in his last five bouts, with his only loss during that stretch coming to Santiago Ponzinibbio via unanimous decision in August of 2016. His opponent, Alves, owns a 22-11 record as a professional fighter (14-8 UFC).
Fantasy AnalysisCummings once again proved why he is one of the more underrated fighters on the UFC roster. While he can look terrible for stretches of time during fights, Cummings generally finds a way to win. He was in a fairly even fight here prior to the finish, but he took advantage of Coy leaving his neck exposed during a scramble. Cummings is now 6-2 in the UFC. It would be a stretch to call him a top-10 welterweight, but he certainly deserves more recognition than he's getting.
Fantasy AnalysisCummings chased Yakovlev around the cage for most of the fight. Yakovlev went for a takedown late in the second round. Cummings stoned the shot and ended up in side control. From there, latched on a inverted triangle choke and attacked Yakovlev's arm with a straight arm lock. Cummings picked up his first submission since 2013.
Fantasy AnalysisCummings had won four of five entering Saturday, but it was a constant struggle for him against the talented Brazilian. He was unable to put together any consistent combinations on the feet, and although Cummings is a solid wrestler, Ponzinibbio was able to stuff four of his five takedown attempts. Cummings doesn't have a high ceiling, but he is an underrated welterweight. The 32-year-old will be back in the near future.
Fantasy AnalysisCummings unloaded with a quick left hand while Steele was backing up along the fence and he finished the fight with strikes after that. It was about as flawless a performance as you can have. The 30-year-old improves to 3-1 in the UFC. He should get a higher quality opponent his next time out.
Fantasy AnalysisCummings was originally set to take on Antonio Braga Neto in the welterweight bout, but that opponent was forced from the card due to an undisclosed injury. He'll now take on Steele, who has won seven of his last eight bouts, but will be making his UFC debut at the United Center. Cummings had been riding a four-fight winning streak before being defeated via submission (rear naked choke) at the hands of Gunnar Nelson last July. The 30-year-old Cummings should have the edge as the more experienced fighter.