Daron Cruickshank was in control of the first round, but Jorge Masvidal came back and dominated the last two rounds earning a decision victory at UFC on Fox 12.
Daron Cruickshank (15-5) 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 (27-8) has 10 knockouts, 2 submission and 15 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.
Here is the play by play from the fight:
Round 1: Jorge throws a leg kick, but Cruickshank catches it. Cruickshank lands a huge right hand that drops Jorge. However, Jorge get’s up like nothing and Cruickshank just misses a wheel kick. Cruickshank circling left, but give it up to Jorge for staying in this fight. Cruickshank continues to pick apart Jorge. Cruickshank throws a kick, but caught by Jorge who lands a series of knees. Jorge presses forward, Cruickshank just misses a wild spinning back elbow. Jorge get’s a late round takedown.
Round 2: Cruickshank just misses a straight right and a spinning back kick. Cruickshank get’s a takedown, but Jorge pops right back up. Cruickshank clinches and puts him on the fence, only to have Jorge transition and take Cruickshank down ending up in top position. Moments later Jorge locks in a darth choke and this one is not over! Cruickshank get’s out of it. Jorge lands a flurry of elbows from top position to end the round.
Round 3: They trade in the pocket, Cruickshank is trying to press forward and is landing. Jorge looking for a takedown, puts Cruickshank on the fence. Jorge get’s the takedown, but Cruickshank get’s right back up to his feet. Jorge is all over him, Cruickshank slides out and starts swinging. Cruickshank wrestles with him and get’s the back of Jorge. However, Jorge transitions into top position where he rains down strikes. Jorge tries to finish the fight, but we end the fight by decision.
Result: Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)