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TUF Live: Daron Cruickshank Vs. Chris Tickle

Round 1: Tickle comes charging in before locking in a guillotine in the scramble and takes the action to the ground. Looks like he’s locked in on Cruickshank’s jaw and needs to get a little lower on the choke. Cruickshank gets out and ends up in Tickle’s guard. Tickle gets up briefly before getting taking down again quickly. Tickle goes for an illegal upkick while Cruickshank was grounded and he knows it. The referee takes off a significant one point deduction. Tickle rushes in again and ends up in the clinch. Cruickshank utilizes a swift trip to take the fight to the ground again. Question is if the kid can capitalize here as he controls Tickle on the mat. Nice short elbows from the top position. Starting to pepper tickle on the ground, very controlled.

Fightline scores the round 10-9 for Cruickshank

Round 2: Tickle initiating early but coming a little wild. Seems to have locked up another guillotine but does not have proper positioning. Cruickshank on top again as Tickle’s chances going down. He’s shown great control so far and has plenty of time left in the round. Ref stands them up and Cruickshank lands a big kick. Tickle raises hands before landing a big right hand and knocks his opponent down. Now Tickle on top but Cruickshank doing a good job controlling his posture. Huge exchange there following the standup. Tickle going landing some some short elbows but can’t find enough distance to do any damage. Cruickshank now on his side as Tickle remains on top.

Fighline scores the round 10-9 for Tickle

Round 3: The two exchange in the middle of the Octagon before Tickle gets a big takedown early on. Tickle now in side control and will need to do some serious damage to solidify the victory. Cruickshank gives up his back in the scramble but ends up on top after Tickle tried to get his hooks in. Now Cruickshank on top as he goes for those short elbows again. Tickle tries to get up but gets tripped again. Cruickshank going for more elbows and has the mount. Beautiful control from the top position thus far as he is putting on a wrestling exhibition. Tickle gets out but now in a weak guillotine. Just a matter of time before Tickle gets out but time running down now in the round. Tickle transitions to side mount before Cruickshank sweeps. The round comes to a close.

Fightline scores the round 10-9 for Cruickshank

Daron Cruickshank defeated Chris Tickle via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)