It was only last year that TUF vet Daron Cruickshank was waxing foes with his exciting striking. Bet this year has seen him fall to an accidental eye poke at the hands (or fingers) of KJ Noons, drop a loss via submission to Beneil Dariush, and now – against James Krause at tonight’s UFC on FOX 16 – fall prey to another rear naked choke.
As the bout lasted only a minute and 27 seconds, there isn’t much to describe. The two exchanged a bit on the feet, Krause got him down, jumped on his back, snaked his arm around his neck and got the tap out.
It’s hard to imagine where Cruickshank goes from here. He’s a recognizable fighter because of his time on TUF, so he was fed Krause, who was on a two-fight losing skid prior to this bout. Will he get cut? Or will he be given another chance?