TUF alums Cruickshank, Rio to meet at UFC On FOX 10
Ultimate Fighter alums Daron Cruickshank and Mike Rio will meet in a lightweight bout Saturday,Â January 25, 2014 at UFC On FOX.
Cruickshank and Rio were on rival teams during the 15th season of the show — Cruickshank was selected by Dominick Cruz and Rio by Urijah Faber. They never met during the TUF series, but they will this Saturday.
Cruz looks like the better judge of talent so far. Cruickshank (13-4) is coming off a loss to Adrian Martins in November 2013 at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson, but has three UFC victories since TUF last year, including a highlight reel head kick knockout of Henry Martinez in December 2012. The 28-year-old also has a quality win over Yves Edwards.
Meanwhile, Rio (9-3) could be staring a pink slip in the face with a loss. After beating John Cofer at the TUF 16 Finale, he has lost two straight to Francisco Trinaldo and Tony Ferguson. Rio, 32, got hurt on TUF Live and didnât make his debut until six months later, taking out Cofer by submission in the third round.
DaronÂ CruickshankÂ “Detroit Superstar”Â vsÂ MikeÂ RioÂ “The Wolverine”