Daron Cruickshank will step into the Octagon for the third time this year at UFC Fight Night 32 today, and if the lightweight can defeat Adriano Martins, he’ll leave Brazil armed with a 4-1 UFC record. The only man to defeat Cruickshank since he competed on the 15th Season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is John Makdessi, who like himself, has been known to buzz crowds with his striking skills.
As often is the case in MMA, Cruickshank recently conceded to MMA Junkie.com that he learned a lot from the decision loss he suffered versus Makdessi at UFC 158. The 28 year-old stated:
“I put his skills and ability on a pedestal, and I gave him too much respect,” said Cruickshank, who went on to defeat Yves Edwards by split decision in July. “I didn’t go after him like I normally do. That’s something I learned from that fight. Now, I barely watch tape and make the fight my own.”
Prior to facing Makedessi, Cruickshank recorded his most memorable victory to date in the UFC, as he KO’d Henry Martinez with a head kick at UFC on FOX 5. It’s that kind of finish Cruickshank says he’ll be looking for today in Goiania, Brazil, as it would give him a good shot at securing “Knockout of the Night”. Cruickshank noted that he wants to earn the bonus so that he can buy a Polaris Raptor for off-roading, before the conversation apparently turned to how it would be perfect for escaping a zombie apocalypse…
“I’d definitely choose myself (in a zombie apocalypse), because I’m the ultimate,” Cruickshank said. “Uriah Faber, because he’s so positive, and he keeps a positive outlook on everything. And he’s kind of tiny, so he’s not going to eat a lot during survival. Michael Chiesa, because he’s got a huge beard, and it will protect him and everyone else, (and) Cristiano (Marcello), because he can triangle any zombie and rip their head off.”
Okay then. Zombie talk aside, Cruickshank-Martins should be an interesting fight. The latter will be making his UFC debut today riding a five fight win streak.
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