UFC Rochester: Fight to Watch
This Saturday Rafael Dos Anjos and Kevin are going to throw down in the main event of UFC Fight Night 151 in Rochester, New York. While this fight is the obvious choice of one to watch on this card, there is a sneaky prelim fight that I feel is the ‘other’ fight to watch.
Undefeated Middleweight prospect Trevin Giles (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is taking on 10 fight UFC veteran Zak Cummings (22-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC).
Trevin Giles so far has knocked out his two previous opponents in the Octagon and comes into the contest riding high in confidence and ready to step up in the division. Giles is a former LFA competitor and has finished all but one of his opponents (fellow UFC fighter Ryan Spann). Those finishes have been split down the middle – 5 x KO or TKO’s and 5 x Submission victories. Giles isn’t here to play games and is always hunting for the finish.
On the flip side, Zak Cummings is a grizzled veteran with a point to prove against this young whippersnapper Giles. A veteran of 28 fights, Cummings has lost only 6 times in his career and has never been knocked out. If Giles is attempting to finish this fight like his others, he may have just met his match. Cummings is tough and durable as well as being an underrated athlete. He has great cardio and now that he has moved back up to Middleweight (after abandoning those torturous cuts to Welterweight) he looked better than ever facing Trevor Smith and defeating him by unanimous decision.
This fight intrigues me on a few levels. Can the 26 years old Giles show he has the talent and athleticism to take another step up in competition? Can Giles end a fight with a durable and formidable veteran who has seen it all before?
Will Cummings come in with a chip on his shoulder? He won’t want to be anyone’s stepping stone. Will his move to Middleweight show his true potential as a UFC fighter?
All I know is it should be a barn burner. Both these guys love a tough scrap and even though it has no implications in title terms or rankings, it is hugely interesting to see whether the veteran or the prospect steps up for the opportunity to go up the rankings.