TUF alums Cruickshank, Rio to meet at UFC On FOX 10

UFC president Dana White would only like to forget the Ultimate

Fighter: Live experiment. But for one night, there will be some

nostalgia.

TUF: Live alums Daron Cruickshank and Mike Rio will meet in a

lightweight bout

target="_blank">Jan. 25 at UFC On FOX: Henderson vs. Thomson in

Chicago, the UFC announced Sunday.

Cruickshank and Rio were on rival teams during the 15th season

of the show — Cruickshank was selected by Dominick Cruz and Rio by

Urijah Faber. They never met during the series, but they will next

month.

Cruz looks like the better judge of talent so far. Cruickshank

(13-4) is coming off a loss to Adrian Martins last month at UFC

Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson, but has three UFC victories

since TUF last year, including a highlight reel head kick knockout

of Henry Martinez in December 2012. The 28-year-old also has a

quality win over Yves Edwards.

Meanwhile, Rio (9-3) could be staring a pink slip in the face

with a loss. After beating John Cofer at the TUF 16 Finale, he has

lost two straight to Francisco Trinaldo and Tony Ferguson. Rio, 32,

got hurt on TUF Live and didn’t make his debut until six

months later, taking out Cofer by submission in the third

round.