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.