The UFC knows when it has a hot commodity on its hands. And so, the promotion has booked light-heavyweight ex-barista Patrick “Durkin” Cummins to return at UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown (July 26th, San Jose), just days after he ran through Roger “At Least He’s on Sherdog” Narvaez on the Fight Pass Prelim of UFC Fight Night 42. Total time between fights: Seven weeks, which is a little on the short side. Then again, UFC fans are currently in the throes of Durkinmania, and their appetite must be fed at all costs.
I’m sure you’ll tune into this one no matter who Cummins is fighting, but for the record, he’ll be taking on TUF 8 vet Kyle Kingsbury, who hasn’t competed since Jimi Manuwa shattered his orbital bone — and gave him his third consecutive loss — in September 2012. Though Kingsbu considered retirement after that rough patch, he confirmed last month that he’ll be returning to action in San Jose, where he currently trains. Too bad he’s being sacrificed to a GODDAMNED JUGGERNAUT.
We’ve been guilty of declaring “eras” a little prematurely around here, but I think it’s safe to say that we’re already living in the Durkin Era, and are rapidly approaching the Geological Epoch of Patrick Muthatruckin’ Durkins. Trust me, guys. Just watch it happen.