Round 1: Masvidal takes the center of the cage. Cruickshank circles on the outside. Masvidal lands a kick to the body. Cruickshank drops Masvidal with a right hand, but Masvidal immediately gets back to his feet. He taunts Cruickshank. Cruickshank lands a kick to the body. Masvidal inches forward. Cruickshank lands a side kick to the body. Masvidal catches a kick and leaps in with a couple of knees. Cruickshank circles away. Cruickshank lands a front kick to the face. Masvidal lands a kick to the body. Masvidal lands a kick to the body. Masvidal cutting off the cage. He lands a right hand. Masvidal ducks under a punch and secures a takedown in the closing seconds of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cruickshank.
Round 2: Cruickshank secured an early takedown. Masvidal reverses Cruickshank. He stands and Cruickshank lands an up kick. Masvidal lands to the body and drops into Cruickshank’s half guard. He lands an elbow. Cruickshank gets to full guard. He tries to stand, but Masvidal keeps him grounded and applies a d’arce choke. Cruickshank works to defend the choke, and does. Masvidal lets the choke go and lands a hard elbow. Masvidal peppers Cruickshank with short punches. He lands a right hand. Cruickshank throws elbows from the bottom. Masvidal lands elbows from the top position. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Masvidal.
Round 3: Masvidal takes the center of the cage. Cruickshank lands an outside leg kick. Masvidal inches forward. He lands a jab. Masvidal closes the distance and looks to get the fight to the ground. Cruickshank rolls under, but Masvidal gains top position. Cruickshank works his way back to his feet. Cruickshank looks for a kimura and uses it to get free. He works for a takedown and gets it, but Masvidal gains top position. Masvidal delivers right hands. He lands to the body and then the head. Cruickshank works his way to the cage. Masvidal lands a series of right hands. Cruickshank gets to his feet, but Masvidal stays on him. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Masvidal.
The judges scored the fight for Masvidal by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 29-28 and 29-27.
“Masvidal is a strong fighter and he was on top most of the time. It was a good call from the judges.”
“I knew I won the fight. I mean the first round was close but its hard not to give me the other rounds when Im just dominating from the top. He did catch me clean in the first round, but I woke up immediately and went back to work. I want Donald Cerrone next. He needs a fight and I need a fight…makes sense.”