Cruickshank is skating on thin ice after being finished by Martins but he’ll get at least one more shot at success in the Octagon before concerns about being cut should surface. He’s an above-average striker but lacks both power and aggression, making him more of a stepping stone in the division than a boulder blocking the road to a title-shot. He’s good for an undercard slot against an opponent who also needs to get on track. The UFC has a ton of lightweights on the roster suitable for Cruickshank in said capacity such as recently beaten TUF winner Colton Smith or even Matt Wiman.
There’s never a good time to lose a fight. However, some defeats aren’t as devastating as others or have potential to affect an individual’s employment, so in that regard certain stumbles stand out. Such is the case with every event including Saturday night’s lineup for UFC Fight Night 32. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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