When he to start with established his thoughts in the direction of 2020, middleweight Zak Cummings was keen to rebound from his defeat to Omari Akhmedov at UFC 242, but sadly his initial bout of the yr would have to wait around.
Following failed negotiations for a proposed match-up early in the year, Cummings’ return to the octagon was even more delayed by the novel coronavirus.
“With my last struggle becoming towards the conclusion of the yr and coming up a tiny short I sort of was lifeless set on obtaining again in the cage as shortly as I could get again and get in the win column and every thing,” Cummings instructed MMAWeekly.com.
“I was seeking to fight in January, but I experienced issues with an opponent they desired not taking the fight, so it received pushed to April. Which is type of when the shutdown, the quarantine, all the Covid stuff begun taking place.”
The coronavirus lockdown pressured Cummings to pull again a minor little bit, which in the conclude he feels like ended up becoming a positive out of what was originally a adverse predicament.
“We experienced to shut my house gymnasium down, and sort of had to just take a very little break, which truthfully was a minor awesome,” stated Cummings. “The quarantine variety of compelled me to slow items back down. I spent time with my family, received outdoor, and do all the outside stuff I love doing.”
On Saturday in Las Vegas, Cummings (23-7) will at last have his 1st bout of the 12 months when he takes on Alessio Di Chirico (12-4) in a preliminary 185-pound bout at UFC Combat Evening: Smith vs. Rakic.
“The only way I see Alessio beating me is I go out there and just do not perform how I really should, how I know I can,” Cummings stated. “Alessio is excellent. Alessio is a top rated level fighter. I just experience stylistically I match up really, quite perfectly with him.
“I know if I go in there and make the adjustments I have to have to make and do the stuff I will need to do there is no rationale why I simply cannot go out there and get my hand raised.”
With how 2020 has absent for Cummings, he’s unwilling to glimpse outside of August 29, though if he’s equipped to he would like to end out his calendar year with at the very least a single much more combat if possible.
“It’s so tricky to appear previous just about anything,” reported Cummings. “If just about anything performs out, I get in the cage, I have an opponent and we get previous him I would like to have a very quickly turnaround. We’ll have to enjoy it by ear and see how it goes, but a single detail I’ve acquired this calendar year it’s not to strategy much too much ahead.”