Rizin FF Signs UFC Veteran Daron Cruickshank to Compete at April 17 Event
By: Tristen Critchfield Mar 24, 2016
Rizin Fighting Federation has announced five new bouts for its
event, including one which features a 13-time UFC veteran.
“The Ultimate Fighter 15” cast member Daron
Cruickshank will meet Shinji
Sasaki in a featured lightweight clash, the Nobuyuki
Sakakibara-led organization revealed during a press conference on
Cruickshank was released from the UFC following a submission loss
Felder on Jan. 17, his third straight defeat within the Las
Vegas-based promotion. “The Detroit Superstar” owns notable wins
Njokuani, Erik Koch,
Edwards and Mike Ricci
over the course of his professional career.
The 35-year-old Sasaki enters the contest on a three-fight winning
streak. The Japanese fighter known as “Torao Supernova” has
competed for Road FC, Pancrase and Shooto during his MMA tenure,
compiling a 16-8-3 mark.
Rizin FF 1 takes place at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Aichi, Japan and
will see Wanderlei
Silva team with an yet to be announced partner to take on
Sakuraba and Hideo Tokoro
in a grappling tag match in the evening’s main event. Broadcast and
streaming plans have yet to be announced.