Adriano Martins vs. Daron Cruickshank
Lightweights enter the cage with Adriano Martins making his UFC debut against Daron Cruickshank looking to keep the excitement going. Martins (24-6) has won his last five fights, including a January decision vs. Jorge Gurgel in Strikeforce. Cruickshank (13-3) is 7-1 in his last eight overall.
The veteran Mario Yamasaki will handle the referee duties. Cruickshank embraces the booing from the Brazilian crowd.
Round 1: Cruickshank with a huge head kick that just grazes Martins, who answers back with a jab of his own from his left. Martins may have hurt his hand, though, as he shakes it and is now holding it very gingerly. Martins drops Cruickshank with a huge left hand and follows up, hammering down but can’t get the stoppage. Cruickshank is back up and looks ready to go. Big left hurts Cruickshank again, who answers back with a spinning attack. Another left drops Cruickshank and Martins goes into half-guard. Martins switches from a kimura to an armbar, locking in the hooks with just under a minute to go. Cruickshank, though, slips out and escapes the armbar but is still stuck on his back. One more armbar attempt by Martins is denied as the round ends.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Martins
Round 2: Martins catches a kick and scores with a takedown, folding Cruickshank up and landing some nice rights to the face. Martins remains in complete control, working for a kimura. He is showing excellent patience as Cruickshank fights the hold. However, Martins gets an opening and locks in the submission, as Cruickshank quickly taps out.
Adriano Martins def. Daron Cruickshank via submission (kimura) at 2:49 of Round 2