The “Detroit Superstar” showed his mind is a deadly weapon in the octagon on Saturday night in Seattle. Daron Cruickshank wasn’t even supposed to be in the UFC on Fox 8 prelims. But after Spencer Fisher was scratched from the card due to injury, Cruickshank was tapped as the opponent for MMA Veteran Yves Edwards. Cruickshank made the most of the opportunity he was given.
Despite taking the fight at the last moment Cruickshank, seemed to know his opponent. Cruickshank employed counter strikes to slow the Edwards aggressive stand-up attack. Cruickshank is a talented striker but instead of trying to knock-out the experienced Edwards he sat back and waited for him to make his move. He told USA Today:
”I feel the crowd may not have seen it, but it was actually a very technical fight,” Cruickshank said. “I shut Edwards down. He didn’t know what to do against me. Every time he came in, I hit him three or four times. I was on the retreat because he put a lot of pressure on me and I wasn’t just going to stand there in front of him. But when I was in front of him, I hit him.”
Cruickshank’s in-fight strategy paid off and he walked away with the split decision. The counter strike strategy he employed during the fight illustrates Daron Cruickshank’s ability to adapt to his opponents style and beat him at his own game. Cruickshank could have tried to take the fight to the ground where his very comfortable but he fought a stand-up game and showed he can out-think his opponent in the octagon.
The “Detroit Superstar” is now has a 13-3 MMA record and a 3-1 record in UFC fights. His next opponent is unknown but defeating Edwards represents a significant victory on short notice for the up and coming Daron Cruickshank.