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Rizin FF: Daron Cruickshank talks Shinji Sasaki, UFC departure, and overzealous ‘girlie sport’ commissions

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Rizin Fighting Federation returns to action April 17, 2016 at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. The main event that night is Pride FC legend Kazuyuki Fujita against Jiri Prochazka, while today’s interview features “Detroit Superstar” Daron Cruickshank, taking his first post-UFC fight against Shinji Sasaki.

Rizin Fighting Federation holds “Rizin FF 1” on April 17, 2016 at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. The promotion previously made waves internationally for their “Breakfast With Fedor” card which aired on Spike TV.

The main event of Rizin’s next card features Jiri Prochazka, who was knocked out by Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the Rizin tournament, facing Pride FC legend and notoriously HARD to knockout “Ol’ Ironhead” Kazuyuki Fujita.

Earlier in the evening “The Detroit Superstar” Daron Cruickshank returns to action. Cruickshank was dead even with Paul Felder through two rounds in January, but a late submission by Felder spelled the end of Cruickshank’s UFC career.

Cruickshank looks to make a statement that he’s still a top notch lightweight against his Rizin opponent Shinji Sasaki. Sasaki comes in on a three fight win streak and would love to prove himself against a former UFC star.

Today, Cruickshank talks to MMAmania.com on the eve of his flight to Japan about his first fight in the “Land of the Rising Sun,” the strengths of his opponent Sasaki, and his future plans both in and outside Rizin FF.

Early on in the interview Cruickshank let me know that his departure from UFC was an amicable mutual decision and that he wouldn’t turn down future opportunities with the promotion.

“UFC was basically like ‘You’ve lost three in a row — we can’t put you on a card.’ They’re like ‘We can’t put you on a card, we can keep you on the roster, but we’re going to have to ….View full article

Source:: mma mania