Well, it did not take too long to get a fight, UFC officials announced that lightweights Daron Cruickshank (15-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Jorge Masvidal (26-8 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will meet at July’s UFC on FOX 12.
Daron Cruickshank has 9 knockouts, 1 submissions and 5 decision victories in his MMA career prior to this fight. He has been knocked out once and submitted twice. Cruickshank made his UFC debut against Chris Tickle back in June of 2012 which he won that fight via Unanimous decision. He then beat Henry Martinez via 2nd Rd KO in December of 2012. He lost to John Makdessi via Unanimous decision in March of 2013. He beat Yves Edwards via Split decision in July of 2013. He lost to Adriano Martins via armbar in the 2nd Rd in November of 2013. Prior to this fight he beat Mike Rio via 2nd Rd TKO in January of 2014.
Cruickshank landed that sick head kick and then a flurry of elbows that could have been stopped way earlier than it did when he fought Erik Koch in his most recent fight at UFC Fight Night 40.
Jorge Masvidal has 10 knockouts, 2 submission and 14 decision victories while he has been knocked out eight times, submitted twice and lost by decision five times. Prior to joining the UFC he was 3-1 in his last four. He made his UFC debut against Tim Means via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 7 – Henderson vs. Melendez on Apr / 20 / 2013 and then beat Michael Chiesa, via submission at UFC on Fox 8 – Johnson vs. Moraga on Jul / 27 / 2013. He lost to Rustam Khabilov via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Fight for the Troops 3 on Nov / 06 / 2013, but beat in his last fight Pat Healy via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 11 – Werdum vs. Browne on Apr / 19 / 2014.
UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 at SAP Center in San Jose. The main card airs on FOX while the prelims are on the UFC Fight Pass.
Here is how the current card looks like:
- Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Michael Johnson vs. Josh Thomson
- Daron Cruickshank vs. Jorge Masvidal
- Dennis Bermudez vs. Clay Guida
- Noad Lahat vs. Steven Siler
- Kyle Kingsbury vs. opponent TBA