The Official Durkin: How Patrick Cummins Became an MMA Fighter

Patrick Cummins was born on July 30th, 1981 in New Jersey. His father died when he was young and his mother had to work a lot so Patrick grew up with little money. However, he did have one thing that most kids don’t have; a strong willed personality which helped him through it all. Patrick’s parents divorced when he was very young and he lived with his mom until she passed away from cancer at the age of 23 years old. Patrick attended high school but dropped out due to financial reasons. He then went back home where he worked odd jobs including working at a gas station.

In 2008, Cummins moved into his own place and started training Jiu Jitsu under the tutelage of Eddie Bravo. Cummins won his first fight against Ryan Hall by submission in just 29 seconds. He continued winning fights and beating up bigger opponents such as Mike Kyle (who would later become famous after being featured on TUF).

Cummins’ success led to him getting signed by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and fighting in their “Fight Night” events. After losing his first two fights, Cummins fought Royce Gracie, who defeated him via decision.

Cummins returned to win his next three fights before suffering a knockout loss to Nate Diaz. Following the defeat, Cummins decided not to continue competing and retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. He has since become a CrossFit trainer and currently owns his own gym, Team Ambition.

Patrick enjoys playing video games on his free time and is an avid fan of the movie “The Fast and the Furious”.

Patrick Cummins is the latest of many fighters to join the ranks of the fight game with a successful professional career outside of mixed martial arts (MMA). In fact, he’s one of many with a strong background in wrestling.

Many people know the story of Frank Shamrock, who was a successful professional wrestler with the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) before becoming a UFC fighter and later becoming a superstar of the sport. Yet, while Frank’s “switch” to MMA is more well known, he is far from the first pro wrestler to make the transition into MMA.

Some may even remember William Goldberg, who had a late 90’s run in with the UFC. While he had no MMA training whatsoever, he was an accomplished professional wrestler who actually won the WWF Heavyweight Championship (the real one) from Hulk Hogan; only to lose it a year later at the young age of 39.

While his skills were obviously lacking, many agree that he did have potential and it was a shame that he didn’t continue to compete in MMA. As it was, he only fought one more time after his loss to Randy Couture and ultimately retired from fighting altogether.

While there are several other pro wrestlers who tried their hands at MMA (most infamously, former WCW star Gary “Jackhammer” Jackson), Patrick Cummins is certainly the most accomplished of all the wrestlers turned fighters.

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Unlike others, who used wrestling as a base for MMA, Patrick actually never wrestled before. He started training in 2006 with coach Robert “Butterbean” Whitaker and quickly became a force to be reckoned with on the MMA circuit.

Patrick used his physical strength, size, and wrestling skill to manhandle many of his opponents en route to an 11-2 record as a light heavyweight. Patrick’s only losses came from UFC star Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and top contender Roger Gracie (who also has a strong background in professional wrestling).

Despite his recent loss to undefeated rising star Daniel Cormier, the former All-American is still a force to be reckoned with in the division. Whether he can continue his winning ways or not remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: this former middle school teacher didn’t come this far to quit now.

For all you young kids out there who think you’ve got what it takes to be “the next big thing,” Patrick Cummins is living proof that hard work and determination can get you a long way in life. So get to work!

Earning over $100,000 a year isn’t too bad for a teacher; especially when you consider the average starting salary for one is around $30,000. Yet, compared to the amount Cummins made fighting, it’s a drastic pay cut.

Still, Patrick continued to teach and still continues to do so today.

“I love working with kids, so I had no problems with continuing to teach,” says Cummins in an interview. “It’s also a great way to stay in shape and keep your mind active.”

Not only that, but he’s been able to give back to the community by helping out with some of the youth wrestling programs in his area. He’s even trained some of the children in his classes at times!

“I do a lot of community service work with the local youth, whether it’s working with the high school wrestling team or just helping out the kids in my classes,” says Patrick. “I really enjoy working with them and try to give them an inspirational message along with teaching them something about life.”

As for the future, the All-American has his sights set on one thing: becoming UFC Champion. After already accomplishing so much, it would be the crowning achievement of his career.

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“I’m training just as hard as I always have and will continue to do so until I’m UFC champion,” says Patrick with unwavering confidence. “I know I can do it.”

As for what’s next for the former star middle school teacher, Cummins fights Brazilian powerhouse Glover Teixeira at UFC 179 on October 25, 2014.

Teixeira is a formidable test for Cummins, but if he can pull out the victory against the “Haitian Sensation,” it may be a glimpse of things to come.

Always a hard worker and continually improving his skills inside and outside of the cage, a victory or even a strong showing could thrust him into the title picture that much quicker.

Anything is possible for Patrick Cummins.

We’ll see how it plays out, but one thing is for sure: Patrick has defied the odds his whole career, and he hasn’t plans on stopping anytime soon.

If he keeps on this path, he may just go down in the history books as one of the greatest fighters ever.

The sky is the limit for this hard-working warrior.

Now let’s take a look at his skills on the mats and inside the cage…

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