A lightweight matchup that should produce plenty of action is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX 12 card in San Jose. Both Jorge Masvidal and Daron Cruickshank are coming off impressive Octagon performances and will carry that positive momentum into their July 26 encounter.
The veteran Masvidal turned in a strong effort at UFC on FOX 11 against the rugged Pat Healy in securing a well-earned unanimous decision. He was able to out-strike Healy throughout the course of the contest, landing solid punches and kicks. The one-sided victory has Masvidal currently ranked No. 14 in a deep 155-pound weight class.
“Gamebred” is 3-1 during his UFC tenure with that lone setback coming in a Fight of the Night effort against highly-touted contender Rustam Khabilov. The former Strikeforce title challenger has also recorded victories over TUF Season 15 winner Michael Chiesa and Tim Means. Masvidal is a tough, durable fighter who has 12 finishes by knockout or submission in 26 career victories. He’s only been knocked out once in 34 career fights.
“The Detroit Superstar” turned in the finest performance of his seven-fight UFC stint by taking out Erik Koch in the first round of their recent clash at Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati. Cruickshank resorted to his usual bag of tricks in finishing Koch with a head kick and a series of brutal follow-up strikes.
It was the second straight highlight-reel stoppage for the flashy Cruickshank, who also blasted out Mike Rio with a head kick at UFC on FOX 10. Cruickshank is a very dangerous and diverse striker who’s gone 5-2 inside the Octagon and definitely raised his profile with the destructive effort against “New Breed”. Cruickshank has 10 finishes in 15 career victories.
This has the makings of being a spirited contest between two fighters looking to work their way into top-10 territory. Both have been in with solid competition in the past, and both fighters possess the type of styles that should lead to a fan-friendly battle.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports