Ajax loader

Us

Pro MMA Record

"Detroit Superstar"

22-10-0

Daron Cruickshank

"Detroit Superstar" Daron Cruickshank

Photo Source:  

Mma weekly

Fighter Details

  • Given Name: Daron Jae Cruickshank
  • MMA Record: 22-10-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Detroit Superstar
  • Current Streak: 4 Wins
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1985.06.11
  • Last Fight: September 30, 2018 in RFF
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 154.4 lbs
  • Affiliation: Michigan Top Team
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $125,000 USD
  • Born: Westland, Michigan
  • Fighting out of: Detroit, Michigan
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Taekwondo
  • Fighter Links:
  • Personal Links:

Tapology Worldwide Rankings For Daron Cruickshank Rankings FAQ

Daron Cruickshank Lightweight Ranking History

Tapology Regional Rankings Rankings FAQ

Fighting for a major organization has made Daron Cruickshank ineligible for regional rankings.

Gyms & Affiliations

Daron Cruickshank MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Show Detail View
info We're updating our layout. Expand individual bouts below, or all at once with the link above.
Amateur Results Show Detail View
info We're updating our layout. Expand individual bouts below, or all at once with the link above.
  • Matt Hutchison
    Win · KO/TKO · R1
    Michigan Regional
    2009.04.05
  • John Hahn
    Win · KO/TKO · R1
    Michigan Regional
    2008.10.11
  • 0-0-0 0-0-0
    Win · KO/TKO · R1
    Michigan Regional
    2008.08.09

Daron Cruickshank Wiki Update Wiki

Daron Cruickshank is an American lightweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and trains under his father at Michigan Top Team in Detroit, Michigan. He was also a NCAA Division III wrestler while he earned a bachelors degree in Fitness Management from Olivet College. He has previously fought for King of the Cage and was s cast member on The Ultimate Fighter: Live. He hold notable wins over Mike Ricci, Chris Tickle, Henry Martinez, and Yves Edwards. Of his fourteen wins, nine have been finishes including eight T/KOs.


Cruickshank grew up around martial arts. His mother was a professional kickboxer and his father holds black belts in numerous martial arts. He made his amateur MMA debut in 2008. Through his amateur career, he was able to earn an 8-1 record while picking up two amateur titles. He turned professional in 2009. In his first fight, he would win with a highlight reel spinning backfist knockout in the first round. After a 5-0 start to his career, he would take on future UFC fighter, Bobby Green, for the Junior Welterweight Championship for King of the Cage. He would lose for the first time in his professional career when Green submitted him in the second round. He would pick up another win before being stopped by TKO for the first time when he took on Bellator veteran, Luis Palomino. Over the next eight months, he would pick up four more wins, including a unanimous decision win over UFC veteran, Mike Ricci, for the Ringside MMA lightweight title.


In early 2012, Daron was selected to be part of The Ultimate Fighter: Live. He won his fight to get into the house by defeating Drew Dober by unanimous decision. After he was selected as Urijah Faber's third pick on the show, the Michigan native would go on to lose by knockout to James Vick in the opening round. Despite the loss, Cruickshank would earn a fight on the under card of the season's finale, where he would fight Chris Tickle. After spending a part of the opening frame stuck inside a guillotine choke, and later getting dropped in the second, Cruickshank would rally and go on to win the fight by unanimous decision.


In his first post TUF performance, Daron Cruickshank would take on Jackson's MMA product, Henry Martinez. The two were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 151, but after the event was cancelled, they would meet at UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle, Washington. Martinez missed weight, weighed in at 158 pounds which caused the fight to be changed to a catchweight bout. Cruickshank dominated the fight with a plethora of striking attacks, even used a strange spinning kick to the leg of Martinez. After battering Martinez for a round and a half, Cruickshank finished the fight with a highlight reel head kick, and needed no follow up to win the stoppage. His two fights after the impressive knockout victory would go the distance, including a loss to John Makdessi, and a split decision win over veteran Yves Edwards. Many MMA fans felt that Edwards deserved the victory. His next fight was against former Strikeforce fighter Adriano Martins, a fight taking place in Goiania, Brazil. He was submitted in an upset by the unheralded Martins.


Cruickshank next faced his TUF: Live castmate, Mike Rio, at UFC on Fox 10. After comfortably winning the first round with striking and coming close to finishing the fight, Cruickshank got in trouble late late in the second, as in a scramble Rio managed to get a hold of his leg and twisted it looking for a heel hook submission. Showing calm under pressure, Cruickshank worked his way out of the hold and then launched a relentless attack on his opponent, overcoming him with a torrent of strikes including a headkick and earned the TKO stoppage with with only four seconds left in the round.


He would finish Erik Koch in his next fight before dropping a decision to Jorge Masvidal. He would bounce back with a Unanimous Decision over Anthony Njokuani. Following his fight with Njkouani, Cruickshank was then scheduled to face KJ Noons at the Ultimate Fighter 20 season finale. Roughly 30 seconds into the 2nd round the fight would be ruled a no contest due to an eye poke. The damage would be permanent as that eye will no longer produce tears due to the damage to the tear duct.


The Ultimate Fighter 15

Episode 1 Cruickshank def. Drew Dober by Unanimous Decision

Episode 2 James Vick def. Cruickshank by KO (Knee) at 2:16 of Round 1

Last updated 12.31.2014, 8:59 AM ET
Wiki Contributors:

Daron Cruickshank News View All

Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where Jed Meshew and Alexander K. Lee s... (1 month ago)
MMA Fighting has RIzin 13 results for the Nasukawa vs. Horiguchi fight card Sunday fr... (1 month ago)
Follow along with our live results for Sunday morning’s Rizin FF 13, headlined by a k... (1 month ago)
Wyniki na żywo z gali Rizin 13, transmisja od godziny 8:00. Walka wieczoru: 128lbs: Tensh... (1 month ago)
It’s not a full freakshow, but RIZIN FF 13 has got the right amount of circus action,... (1 month ago)
Zane Simon & Victor Rodriguez are joined by D.E.O. to look at this week’s RIZIN c... (1 month ago)
Karta walk gali Rizin 13: Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Mina Kurobe K. Osunaarashi vs. Bob Sapp Daro... (2 months ago)
James Krause (26-7) kontynuuje świetną serię zwycięstw. Amerykanin podczas gali UFC Fight... (2 months ago)

Videos & Highlights

    Interview  |  Fight Night San Jose: 3 Things with Daron Cruickshank report dead link

  • MMAFighting.com : After risking everything for MMA, Santiago Ponzinibbio comes back home at UFC Argentina
  • MMA Weekly : Devin Powell Says UFC Buenos Aires Opponent Jesus Pinedo ‘Has to be Careful’
  • MMA Junkie : Kevin Lee has been quiet on social media lately – and that's not by accident
  • MMAFighting.com : Cynthia Calvillo does not want to be defined by positive marijuana test
  • MMAFighting.com : Video: Brown Pinas lands devastating spinning back elbow at ONE Championship: Warrior’s Dream
  • MMA Junkie : Patricio Freire, Emmanuel Sanchez pose backstage after Bellator 209 title fight
  • MMAFighting.com : UFC Argentina predictions
  • MMA Weekly : UFC Buenos Aires: Neil Magny – ‘I Bring It Every Single Fight’
  • MMA Junkie : Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 209
  • MMA Junkie : UFC Fight Night 140 play-by-play and live results (7 p.m. ET)
  • MMA Junkie : UFC Fight Night 140 discussion thread
  • MMA Junkie : Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 140's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie
  • MMA Weekly : Invicta FC 32 Results: Felicia Spencer Claims Featherweight Championship
  • MMA Weekly : Bellator 209 Results & Fight Highlights: Patricio Pitbull Bombs His Way to Bellator Record
  • MMAFighting.com : Bellator 209 highlights
  • MMAFighting.com : Johnny Walker not impressed by Rountree’s KO of Saki: ‘It’s easy to beat someone that can’t fight MMA’
  • MMA Junkie : LFA 54 results: Mazo cruises in title defense, Murrietta delivers stunning KO
  • MMAFighting.com : Invicta FC 32 results, video: Felicia Spencer submits Pam Sorenson to capture vacant featherweight title
  • MMA Junkie : Invicta FC 32 results: Felicia Spencer claims vacant title with gutsy win over Pam Sorenson
  • MMA Junkie : Video: LFA 54 fighter's 1-2 punch knockout leads to mesmerizing fall