Erik Koch vs. Daron Cruickshank
Our second lightweight contest of the night features Erik Koch against Daron Cruickshank. UFC president Dana White stated this fight could be the “sleeper” bout of the card.
Koch (14-3) snapped a two-fight losing skid by finishing Rafaello Oliveira earlier this year. He had won four straight before losses to Dustin Poirier and Ricardo Lamas.
Cruickshank (14-4) is 2-1 in his last three, topping Mike Rio in January and Yves Edwards last year. He had won 12 of his first 14 pro fights before entering the Octagon, including a win over Mike Ricci.
Round 1: Koch the aggressor, but it’s Cruickshank who lands the first strike, connecting with a right and showcasing a spinning attack. Koch with a smooth combo and Cruickshank answers with a side-kick. Counter from “The Detroit Superstar” slips through the defense. Big-time inside leg kick from Koch to the inner thigh. Cruickshank connects and stuns Koch. He pounces and unloads on Koch, forcing the ref to step in. Was a head kick that first dropped Koch, who appeared to be woke back up when he hit the canvas.
Daron Cruickshank def. Erik Koch via TKO (strikes) at 3:21 of Round 1