Cummo Arrested On DWI for Drugs

By Jack Encarnacao Oct 21, 2008
UFC welterweight Luke Cummo, who recently pulled out of a planned Dec. 10 UFC fight, is facing a charge of driving while impaired by drugs out of Nassau County, New York.

Cummo, 28, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 14 in Franklin Square, N.Y., and charged with driving while impaired by drugs, failure to maintain lanes and a turn signal violation, according to a spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney.

The Lynbrook, N.Y., resident was not charged with drunk driving. Cummo was tested for a drug officials declined to specify. The results are due by Cummo’s next court date on Nov. 14. Cummo pleaded not guilty to the charges at arraignment and was released on personal recognizance.

Cummo (6-6), a finalist on season two of “The Ultimate Fighter,” was scheduled to face Steve Bruno on the Dec. 10 “UFC Fights For The Troops” event at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He will be replaced by Johnny Rees on the show, which will be a fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which supports the families of severely wounded and deceased military personnel. Cummo last competed at UFC 87 in August, dropping a unanimous decision to fellow New Yorker Tamdan McCrory.

Cummo’s dropping out of the fight for an unspecified injury was reported by fiveouncesofpain.com the week before his DWI arrest. The day after the arrest, Cummo posted a message on his personal forum at lukecummo.com taking fans through his daily routine as a fighter and father.

“Its (sic) amazing how life just zips by,” Cummo wrote in the post, dated Oct. 15. “Only a few years ago I was a single, up and coming MMA fighter with a few clients on the side. Now, I'm married with children and teaching full-time (well, technically part-time as I'm home weekdays with my son). This is a major reason why I decided to pull out of the ‘UFC Fight for the Troops.’”

Cummo also commented on the beating his body has taken in training and pledged not “to do anything that will affect me negatively in the way of side effects or something later on in life.”

“I'm in it for the long haul,” Cummo wrote. “So now I am doing Jubb's Cell Rejuvenation program, not for a fight, but for my own health. I hope to be able to take this respite to heal my injuries naturally and improve all functions of my system.”
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