Zak Cummings (born August 2, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist, who currently competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2007, he has also formerly competed for Strikeforce, MFC, Titan FC, and Bellator.

Zak Cummings
Born (1984-08-02) August 2, 1984 (age 35)[1]
Irving, Texas, United States
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach74 12 in (189 cm)
Fighting out ofKansas City, Missouri, United States
TeamGlory MMA and Fitness
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Leonardo "Léo" Peçanha[3]
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission12
By decision6
By submission2
By decision5
UniversityMissouri State University
Notable school(s)Glendale High School[4]
Meramec Community College
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Born in Irving, Texas, Cummings moved to Springfield, Missouri at the age of three. After beginning wrestling in the sixth grade, he attended Glendale High School where he competed in wrestling, as well as football, baseball, and basketball. A state qualifier, he later attended Meramec Community College where he was a two-time NJCAA national qualifier his freshman and sophomore seasons. Due to an injury, Cummings transferred to Missouri State University to finish his degree, majoring in exercise and movement science. It was around this time that he began to training in mixed martial arts, and was 6-0 as an amateur before turning professional.[5][6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Cummings made his professional MMA debut in November 2007. He was undefeated for the first year and a half of his career, going 10–0 during that time period with a majority of his wins by TKO or submission.

This impressive streak earned him a shot in Strikeforce. He faced Tim Kennedy in the main event of Strikeforce Challengers 3, but lost via submission in the second round.[7]

Post-Strikeforce, Cummings fought for various independent organizations and had one appearance for Bellator Fighting Championships. He added 5 more wins and 2 losses to his record during this time.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In January 2013, it was revealed that Cummings was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.[8] He won his preliminary bout over Nik Fekete quickly by TKO with the first punch he threw. Cummings was selected by Sonnen as his third pick (fifth overall).[9]

Cummings faced Dylan Andrews in the elimination round. He lost via majority decision.[10]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Cummings made his debut against Ben Alloway on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2.[11] He won the fight via submission in the first round. The win also earned him his first Submission of the Night bonus award.[12]

Cummings was expected to face Sérgio Moraes on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. However, Cummings and Moraes had to pull out of the event due to injury and were replaced by Sean Spencer and Drew Dober respectively.[13][14]

Cummings was expected to face promotional newcomer Alberto Mina on March 1, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter China Finale.[15] However, at the weigh-ins for the event, Cummings came in eight pounds over the welterweight limit. On the advice of his coaches, Mina would not agree to compete at a catch weight, so the bout was scratched from the event.[16]

Cummings faced Yan Cabral on May 10, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 40.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Cummings was briefly linked to a bout with Kenny Robertson on July 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 45.[18] However, Cummings was pulled from that fight in favor of a matchup with Gunnar Nelson on July 19, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46 after his opponent Ryan LaFlare was removed from the card.[19] He lost the fight via rear-naked choke.

Cummings was expected to face Antônio Braga Neto on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox 16.[20] However, Braga Neto pulled out of the fight in early July and was replaced by promotional newcomer Dominique Steele.[21] Cummings won the fight by TKO in the first round.[22]

Cummings faced Nicolas Dalby on April 10, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 86, filling in for Bartosz Fabiński.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Cummings next faced Santiago Ponzinibbio on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92.[25] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Cummings faced Alexander Yakovlev at UFC Fight Night 99 on November 19, 2016. He won the bout by submission in the second round.[27]

Cummings faced Nathan Coy on April 15, 2017 at UFC on Fox 24.[28] He won the fight via technical submission due to a guillotine choke in the first round.[29]

Cummings was scheduled to face Thiago Alves on January 14, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi.[30] On January 13, 2018, it was announced that Cummings injured his skull after a bathroom slip and the bout against Alves was cancelled as no replacement would be sought.[31]

Cummings faced Michel Prazeres on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[32] He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[33]

Cummings faced Trevor Smith on December 15, 2018 at UFC on Fox 31.[34] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[35]

Cummings faced Trevin Giles on May 18, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 152.[36] He won the fight via a guillotine choke submission in the third round.[37]

Cummings faced Omari Akhmedov on September 7, 2019 at UFC 242.[38] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[39]

Cummings is scheduled to face Andrew Sanchez on April 25, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 173.[40]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 23 wins 7 losses
By knockout 5 0
By submission 12 2
By decision 6 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–7 Omari Akhmedov Decision (unanimous) UFC 242 September 7, 2019 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 23–6 Trevin Giles Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Lee May 18, 2019 3 4:01 Rochester, New York, United States
Win 22–6 Trevor Smith Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 December 15, 2018 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Return to Middleweight.
Loss 21–6 Michel Prazeres Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 3 5:00 Santiago, Chile
Win 21–5 Nathan Coy Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis April 15, 2017 1 4:21 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 20–5 Alexander Yakovlev Submission (straight armbar) UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 November 19, 2016 2 4:02 Belfast, Northern Ireland Catchweight (172.8 lbs) bout; Cummings missed weight.
Loss 19–5 Santiago Ponzinibbio Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres August 6, 2016 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 19–4 Nicolas Dalby Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos April 10, 2016 3 5:00 Zagreb, Croatia
Win 18–4 Dominique Steele TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 July 25, 2015 1 0:43 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 17–4 Gunnar Nelson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao July 19, 2014 2 4:48 Dublin, Ireland
Win 17–3 Yan Cabral Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva May 10, 2014 3 5:00 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 16–3 Ben Alloway Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 1 4:19 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Welterweight debut. Submission of the Night.
Win 15–3 Brandon Newsome Submission (guillotine choke) Slay Marketing: Fight Night Returns March 24, 2012 1 2:38 Springfield, Missouri, United States
Win 14–3 Lamont Stafford Submission (rear-naked choke) Slay Marketing February 11, 2012 1 1:46 Springfield, Missouri, United States
Loss 13–3 Ryan Jimmo Decision (unanimous) MFC 29: Conquer April 8, 2011 5 5:00 Windsor, Ontario, Canada For the MFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 13–2 Jonathan Smith TKO (punches) SMMA: The Proving Ground February 19, 2011 1 0:50 Springfield, Missouri, United States
Win 12–2 Dennis Reed Submission (armbar) XCF 13: Cummings vs. Reed September 18, 2010 1 0:58 Springfield, Missouri, United States
Win 11–2 Rudy Bears Submission (D'Arce choke) Bellator 26 August 26, 2010 1 1:27 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 10–2 Elvis Mutapcic Decision (unanimous) Midwest Cage Championships 27 June 11, 2010 5 5:00 Des Moines, Iowa, United States For the MCC Middleweight Championship.
Loss 10–1 Tim Kennedy Submission (north-south choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings September 25, 2009 2 2:43 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 10–0 Dominic Brown TKO (punches) FM: Productions May 9, 2009 1 2:19 Springfield, Missouri, United States
Win 9–0 Terry Martin Decision (split) XCF: Rumble in Racetown 1 February 14, 2009 3 5:00 Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Win 8–0 Cole Jennet Submission (neck crank) MCC 17: Thanksgiving Throwdown November 26, 2008 1 2:11 West Des Moines, Iowa, United States Won the MCC Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Leo Pla TKO (punches) FM: Productions September 13, 2008 2 3:48 Springfield, Missouri, United States
Win 6–0 Danny Anderson Decision (unanimous) MCC 15: Lights Out! July 25, 2008 3 5:00 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 5–0 Jason Broom TKO (punches) ISCF: Brawl at the Hall May 9, 2008 2 2:21 Joplin, Missouri, United States
Win 4–0 Victor Moreno Submission (americana) MCC 13: Contenders April 25, 2008 2 2:19 Urbandale, Iowa, United States
Win 3–0 James Bunch Submission (choke) FM: Productions April 18, 2008 2 1:34 Rolla, Missouri, United States
Win 2–0 Rudy Bears Submission (choke) FM: Productions February 1, 2008 3 2:08 Rolla, Missouri, United States
Win 1–0 Ron Jackson Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 10 November 28, 2007 3 N/A Kansas City, Kansas, United States


Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Dylan Andrews Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen March 12, 2013 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary bout.
Win 1–0 Nik Fekete KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen January 22, 2013 (airdate) 1 N/A Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 17 house entry bout.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Zak Cummings' profile". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Dillashaw vs. Barao 2". Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  3. ^ Zak Cummings (@zakcummings) (June 12, 2016). "Today was one of the biggest moments in my life. After 11 years of I was finally awarded my BJJ Black Belt!!! (...)". Instagram. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Zak Cummings from The Ultimate Fighter". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
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  7. ^ Brent Brookhouse (September 25, 2009). "Strikeforce Challengers: Tim Kennedy vs. Zak Cummings - live results and commentary". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  8. ^ John Morgan (January 9, 2013). "UFC unveils starting cast for 'The Ultimate Fighter 17'". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  9. ^ staff (January 22, 2013). "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen'". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  10. ^ Jesse Holland (March 12, 2013). "UFC Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Episode 8 results recap for 'Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen' on FX". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  11. ^ staff (July 18, 2013). "'TUF' vets Ben Alloway, Zak Cummings meet at UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indy". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  12. ^ Staff (2013-08-28). "UFC Fight Night 27 bonuses: Thatch, Cummings, Condit, Kampmann earn $50K". Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  13. ^ Staff (October 30, 2013). "Sean Spencer replaces injured Zak Cummings, meets Sergio Moraes at TUF 18 Finale". Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  14. ^ Jason Floyd (November 19, 2013). "Sean Spencer receives a new opponent for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale". Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  15. ^ Staff (2014-02-07). "UFC Macao – Alberto Mina Vs. Zak Cummings". Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  16. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2014-02-28). "Zak Cummings vs. Alberto Mina pulled from Saturday's TUF China Finale". Retrieved 2013-02-28.
  17. ^ "Zak Cummings meets Yan Cabral at UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati". April 10, 2014.
  18. ^ Matt Erickson. "Zak Cummings meets Kenny Robertson at UFC Fight Night 45". Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  19. ^ @YourMMA. "LaFlare Injured, Nelson Gets New Opponent For UFC Dublin". Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  20. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-04-24). "UFC on Fox 16 Update: Zak Cummings agrees to bout with Antonio Braga Neto". Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  21. ^ Staff (2015-07-09). "Antonio Braga Neto out, Dominique Steele in against Zak Cummings at UFC on FOX 16". Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  22. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-07-25). "UFC on FOX 16 results: Zak Cummings blasts through Dominique Steele". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  23. ^ Staff (2016-03-02). "Zak Cummings replaces Bartosz Fabinski at UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia". Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  24. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-04-10). "UFC Fight Night 86 results: Zak Cummings hands Nicolas Dalby first loss with sweep". Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  25. ^ Staff (2016-06-15). "UFC Fight Night 92 gets five new fights". Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  26. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-08-06). "UFC Fight Night 92 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio outworks Zak Cummings for third straight win". Retrieved 2016-08-06.
  27. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-11-19). "UFC Fight Night 99 results: Zak Cummings armbars Alexander Yakovlev in second". Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  28. ^ Staff (2017-02-17). "Nathan Coy vs. Zak Cummings added to UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City". Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  29. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-04-15). "UFC on FOX 24 results: Zak Cummings chokes out Nathan Coy in front of home K.C. crowd". Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  30. ^ Staff (2017-11-09). "Trio of fights added to UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis". Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  31. ^ "Zak Cummings injured, out of Sunday's UFC St. Louis bout vs. Thiago Alves". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  32. ^ "UFC encaminha duelo entre Michel Trator e Zak Cummings no Chile, no meio-médio". Sportv (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  33. ^ "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Michel Prazeres moves up in weight, takes split over Zak Cummings". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  34. ^ DNA, MMA. "Zak Cummings vs. Trevor Smith toegevoegd aan UFC Milwaukee card". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  35. ^ Anderson, Jay (2018-12-15). "UFC Milwaukee Results: Zak Cummings Wins Split Decision Over Trevor Smith". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  36. ^ DNA, MMA. "Ongeslagen Trevin Giles maakt comeback tijdens UFC Rochester tegen Zak Cummings". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  37. ^ Harshman, Heath (2019-05-18). "UFC Rochester Results: Zak Cummings Submits Trevin Giles in Back-and-Forth Battle". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  38. ^ Farah Hannoun (2019-06-27). "Omari Akhmedov vs. Zak Cummings added to UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  39. ^ Fortune, Ryan (2019-09-07). "UFC 242 Results: Omari Akhmedov Survives Knockdown, Uses Takedowns to Defeat Zak Cummings". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  40. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2020-01-24). "Anthony Smith to fight Glover Teixeira in UFC Lincoln main event, four other fights added". mmafighting. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  41. ^ "Zak Cummings MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  42. ^ "Zak Cummings MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-16.

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