If you enjoy watching highlight reel strikers and accomplished kickboxers throw down, then you’ll be happy to hear that Daron Cruickshank and Anthony Njokuani have been booked to fight in October.
The bout will be part of UFC Fight Night 54, which will be hosted by the Halifax Forum, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The lightweight scrap is the 12th bout to be booked for the upcoming card, which will mark the promotion’s debut in the Canadian province. News of the match-up was announced by the UFC’s Canadian Twitter feed.
Cruickshank (15-5) is no stranger to highlight reels, as “The Detroit Superstar” has made several in recent months, by taking out Mike Rio and Erik Koch in jaw dropping fashion. The win over Rio featured a ‘did I just see that’ wheel kick, and the victory over Koch also included a memorable kick to the head.
More recently, however, Cruickshank was decisioned by Jorge Masvidal at UFC on FOX 12 in July, which dropped his Octagon record to 5-3. As a result, the Tae Kwon Do black belt remains on the outside of the UFC’s top 15 lightweight rankings looking in.
Njokuani (16-8) was also decisioned in his last outing, as “The Assassin” was outpointed by Vinc Pichel at UFC 173 in May. You may recall that before the loss, Njokuani recorded a knockout win over Roger Bowling at UFC on FOX 7 in April, 2013.
While the lightweight hasn’t recored as many hair raising, stoppage wins in the Octagon as Cruickshank–who also blasted Henry Martinez in memorable fashion back in 2012–he is an accomplished Muay Thai practitioner.
Since arriving in the UFC, from the WEC, Njokuani has gone 3-4.
UFC FN 54 will be headlined by a welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and fellow, top ten ranked 170’er, Tarec Saffiedine.
Some of the bouts that have been booked for the event include Raphael Assuncao vs. Bryan Caraway, Nordine Taleb vs. Jingliang Li, Bruno Santos vs. Elias Theodorou, Mitch Gagnon vs. Aljamain Sterling and Chad Laprise vs. Yosdenis Cedeno.
It may not be the most all-star filled card the promotion has ever thrown, but there are several compelling match-ups, particularly for Canadian fans. There are quite a few Canucks booked to compete.