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Eddie Cummings

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Eddie Cummings is a jiu-jitsu black belt under John Danaher, who is widely recognized as the first big name to emerge from a grappling workgroup named the Danaher Death Squad (DDS), out of Renzo Gracie’s Academy in New York City. Cummings is also known as a revolutionary figure in this sport, particularly for his contribution in improving positions such as the heel hook, saddle (411) and ashi garami for submission grappling having won several important tournaments with this maneuver, more so in the ‘submission only’ rule-set. This includes wins at Polaris Jiu Jitsu Invitational and the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI).

Eddie Cummings Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Edward Cummings

Nickname: “Wolverine” – with regards to his nickname, Cummings mentioned on his Instagram account, “They ask me why people call me Wolverine. It’s because I am small, furry and mean spirited” (source).

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (Sr) > Hélio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Renzo Gracie > John Danaher > Eddie Cummings

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place EBI 4 – 145 lbs Invitational (2015)
  • 1st Place EBI 7 – 145 lbs Invitational (2016)
  • 1st Place ADCC US East Coast Trials (2015)
  • Polaris Invitational 2 Superfight Winner (2015)
  • 2nd Place EBI 10 – 135 lbs Invitational (2016)
  • 3rd Place EBI 3 – 170 lbs Invitational (2015)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Outside heel hook

Weight Division: 145lbs

Team/Association: N/A

Eddie Cummings Biography

Edward Cummings was born in New York, United States of America on October 1984.

By his own admission, Cummings was not a very “sporty” kid while growing up. His interest in jiu-jitsu started while studying physics at Stony Brook University during the late 2000s, an institution that ran a grappling class in the basement of its racquetball courts.

Krishna Mirjah was Cumming’s first coach at SBU, a jiu-jitsu instructor who focused predominantly on the no-gi facet of the sport. Mirjah instilled in Cummings the interest for competition, later awarding the “Wolverine” his blue belt after a few strong performances at local grappling tournaments.

After 3 years training at Stony Brook University, Cummings moved to the New York City for school purposes, joining Renzo Gracie’s academy as a blue belt.

Although Cummings already had some basic knowledge of leg locks coming into RGA, the drive to specialize in that aspect of jiu-jitsu was galvanized by a win over East Coast grappling veteran Mark Ramos in 2013 at Grappler’s Quest World Series of Grappling tournament. An event Eddie won in his weight class and reached second in the advanced open weight division.

The desire to study lower limb submissions was fully met by John Danaher‘s knowledge on the subject – RGA’s assistant instructor. Under Danaher’s guidance, Cummings became one of the most feared grapplers in submission only’s competitive circuit. His many achievements on the mats earned Eddie his black belt on January 2015, approximately 5 years after he first started training.

Photo was taken by Callum Medcraft of Jiu Jitsu Style at Polaris 2 (2015).

Eddie Cummings Grappling Record

24 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    0 (0%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (88%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
43
9
#86e620
Outside heel hook
38
8
#5AD3D1
RNC
14
3
#d1212a
Armbar
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
3 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    0 (0%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (33%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (33%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle armbar
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Eddie Cummings Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7316Garry TononGarry TononLTriangle armbarEBI 377KGSF2015
7912Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPenADCC66KG4F2015
9345Augusto MendesAugusto MendesD---Polaris 370KGSPF2016
11189Geo MartinezGeo MartinezLEBI/OTEBI 1061KGF2016
6616Dennis ProkoposWOutside heel hookGracie NationalsABSSPF2015
7147John JosephWOutside heel hookADCC US Trials66KG4F2015
7148Ruben AlvarezWInside heel hookADCC US Trials66KGSF2015
7149Walter GomesWArmbarADCC US Trials66KGF2015
7308Lauri KarppinenWOutside heel hookEBI 377KGR12015
7314Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookEBI 377KG4F2015
7757Kevin BerbrichWOutside heel hookEBI 465KGR12015
7761Russ MiuraWOutside heel hookEBI 465KG4F2015
7765Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWInside heel hookEBI 465KGSF2015
7766Joe SotoWInside heel hookEBI 465KGF2015
7905Asadulaev SurkhayWOutside heel hookADCC66KGR12015
7982Reilly BodycombWInside heel hookPolaris 270KGSPF2015
9092Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
9386Nathan OrchardWOutside heel hookPTL Sunday OpenABSSPF2016
10214Sergio HernandezWRNCEBI 765KGR12016
10222Chad GeorgeWInside heel hookEBI 765KG4F2016
10226Mike DavilaWRNCEBI 765KGSF2016
10228Bill CooperBill CooperWInside heel hookEBI 765KGF2016
11179Alessandro CostaWOutside heel hookEBI 1061KGR12016
11185Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWInside heel hookEBI 1061KG4F2016
11188Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWInside heel hookEBI 1061KGSF2016
12317Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 3170KGSPF2017
14332Jacob SandovalWRNCF2W Pro 5670KGSPF2017
15634Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 272KGSPF2018

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