Damien Brown submits Daron Cruickshank at Rizin FF 14

In his first outing since his UFC release, Australia’s Damien Brown scored a big victory over Daron Cruickshank at the Rizin FF 14 card in Japan tonight.

Brown, 34, looked in trouble early as Cruickshank’s explosive striking was on show early with the American also successfully defending a takedown attempt from Brown in the first 30-seconds. Brown remained on the front foot as he looked to take the fight to his opponent but was sent backwards into the corner by a solid spinning backfist. Cruiskshank came forward as the two threw heavy punches before separating and exchanging sweeping leg kicks. With a minute remaining in the round, Cruickshank went for a takedown attempt and it played right into Brown’s hands as he immediately locked up the guillotine. Wasn’t long before Cruickshank was forced to tap.

The ending coming with just under a minute left in the first round. Brown halts a three fight losing skid and improves his record to 18-12 (1-0 Rizin FF). Cruickshank who is also a former UFC fighter, drops to 16-11 (6-3 Rizin FF).

The win throws Brown’s hat into the mix for the reported lightweight Grand Prix the promotion is looking at doing in 2019. The Brisbane based fighter used his post-fight speech to call for a shot on this as well as calling out a former legend of the sport.

“I know there is the potential lightweight Grand Prix coming up in 2019. Let’s do it. I want the first seat.”

“If there is a show before then – Takanori Gomi. Let’s dance. I love it,” he added.

Started Martial Arts training after watching Mr Miyagi and Daniel-son in Karate Kid back in 1987. By the time MMA arrived many years later, I was hooked. Coverage of local MMA was via scarce posts on forums like the Underground and Sherdog. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010. Outside the site, I dream of riding in an F1 car.