With Daron Cruickshank, Instinct signs away another Ringside champion

Ringside Lightweight champion Daron Cruickshank (9-2) has signed with Instinct MMA less than a week after winning his title at Ringside 12. Photo courtesy of Top MMA News/Great Fight North.

Quebec’s MMA war is unabatedly heating up. On the heels of its recent signing of Ringside (RS) Welterweight champion Chris Clements, Instinct MMA has  secured a three-fight agreement with yet another of its competitor’s belt-holders, the 9-2 Daron Cruickshank.

The Michigan-based Lightweight captured the RS title in an exciting five-round battle with Montreal’s Mike Ricci (6-2) less than a week ago at Ringside 12.

Speaking at the event’s post-fight press conference, RS promoter Eric Champoux said he’d offered his new champion a three-fight contract extension (Friday’s appearance was on a one-fight deal).

The move over to Instinct means Cruickshank is now unlikely to meet former RS Lightweight champ Guillaume Delorenzi, mentioned as a probable next opponent by Champoux on Friday.

Cruickshank joins Clements and former RS Light-Heavyweight kingpin Steve Bossé in Stephane Patry‘s new organization, as just the latest indication of Instinct’s aggressive signing policy. In a post-fight interview with ‘Big Win’ Don Wilson last Friday, Cruickshank hinted at displeasure with his treatment by Ringside.

Since debuting in late 2009, the 26 year-old has already fought 11 times, finishing in six of his nine wins. Other than his last two fights, the decision over Ricci, and a 1st-round TKO of Brad Cardinal (13-8) at Slammer in the Hammer, Cruickshank has exclusively fought south of the border in his native United States.

A date for his Instinct debut is expected in the coming days.

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One Response to With Daron Cruickshank, Instinct signs away another Ringside champion

  1. Pingback: Instinct MMA 2 post-event wrap-up: thoughts on the event, what’s next, and the continuing rivalry with Ringside | Montreal MMA News

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