Head kick knockout earns Daron Cruickshank first round win over Erik Koch
MAY 10, 2014 11:50p ET
CINCINNATI, OH -- For the third time in his last four wins, Daron Cruickshank ended an opponent's night with a head kick after flooring Erik Koch and closing out his performance with a few more strikes on the ground to get the stoppage victory.
The two standup specialists were more than ready to give the Ohio crowd a show with both fighters jockeying for position early with lightning fast combinations while testing the distance. Koch looked comfortable on his feet and he was aware of Cruickshank's impressive array of knockout strikes, but all it took was for one to get through and that was all she wrote.
Cruickshank launched a left high kick, which was blocked, but he followed it with a right kick that ricocheted off of Koch's head and send him crashing face first to the mat.
'The Detroit Superstar' followed up with machine gun fire punches on the mat until referee Gary Copeland finally swooped in for the stoppage.
The victory marked Cruickshank's fifth in the UFC since exiting the Ultimate Fighter, and he's quickly defined himself as one of the most exciting and prolific strikers in the division. Chances are when he leaves Cincinnati on Saturday night, Cruickshank will exit with a nice bonus as well for his head kick finish of Koch.