I asked UFC Welterweight Zak Cummings some questions after his recent victory over Nicolas Dalby at UFC Zagreb.
You are fresh off of your victory in Zagreb. Have you had time to digest what happened that night?
I have, I am pretty happy with my performance. I felt like I dominated the fight, and I can’t wait till my next challenge.
How confident were you of winning that night? Did Dalby’s unbeaten record give you more to worry about?
I had no doubt in my mind I was going to win that fight. I had too much experience and am a very well rounded fighter. I just didn’t see a danger factor that Dalby had that would beat my power and my pressure.
Very few of us will ever experience the feeling of waiting backstage to get into a cage and fight another man. Could you tell us what goes through your mind in the minutes before you walk out?
I’m all smiles back there. I’ve put the work in and played that fight over and over in my head a thousand times. At this point it’s time to perform and have fun. Right before the walkout, I close my eyes focus on the task at hand and tell myself that he does not deserve to beat me.
Could you describe how it felt when your hand was raised?
It’s be biggest high you can have. All the hard work pays off and it’s a huge relief. It’s a feeling that you honestly can’t put into words.
How did you celebrate after the fight?
I just hung out at the hotel bar with my friends and family. We ate and had a couple drinks. Also spent a little time hanging out with Dalby, he’s a cool guy.
This win leaves you with a 4-1 record in the UFC. Do you think you are now ready to mix it up with some of the top #15?
I’m ready if that’s who I get next. If not, I’ll just go through another opponent till I can break into the rankings.
What is your opinion on the Welterweight division currently?
Welterweight is always one of the toughest and deepest divisions in the sport. There is a lot of talent there but I know I can compete with any one of them.
There are thousands of MMA fighters around the world all with aspirations to be the very best in the world. What, in your opinion, makes someone great rather than good?
Refusing to stop learning. Most fighters think they are good enough or their ego gets in the way and thinks they are better than others. You have to continue to learn everyday and improve your skills. Find new tools to add to your style.
To what do you attribute your successful career to date?
My hatred for losing. I have a very competitive nature that most think they have but just isn’t the same. The hardest thing in this sport is controlling your mindset and this is one area where I excel.
What do people never ask you that you wish they did?
Haha anything that doesn’t have to do about MMA
Where will you be in 5 years time?
Most likely close to retirement from fighting and concentrating on being and entrepreneur and owning a few businesses.
When you think of a person being successful, who first comes to mind?
If you could give one piece of advice to someone what would it be?
Control what you can control and don’t stress over the things you can’t.
Quick Fire questions:
Who would be your dream fight? The Champion of my weight class, whoever it is at any given time.
Favourite activity outside of MMA? Traveling around the world and experiencing other cultures.
One food you couldn’t live without? Sushi
Your biggest hero? Everyone I’ve ever taken knowledge from or anyone who has taken the time
And finally, do you FeelTheTip? Haha, No Comment
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