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Daron Cruickshank signs with Rizin FF, set to debut in April

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former UFC fighter Daron Cruickshank has found a new home.

Cruickshank has inked a new deal with Rizin Fighting Federation, has learned. "The Detroit Superstar" will meet Shinji Sasaki in a lightweight bout on the second Rizin FF card, which is scheduled to take place April 17 at the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan.

Cruickshank (16-8) was recently released by the UFC after losing his third fight in a row. The Ultimate Fighter season 15 competitor had been in the organization since 2012.

Sasaki (16-8), a veteran of the Japanese scene, is undefeated in his last four fights.

The event, which is being billed as "Top Presents RIZIN Fighting Federation I," will be headlined by Wanderlei Silva and a partner to-be-named later vs. Hideo Tokoro and Kazushi Sakuraba.

Also slated for the card:

Chris "Huggy Bear" Barnett vs. Kirill Sidelnikov
Hisaki Kato vs. Yuta Watanabe
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Jiri Prochazka
Allan Nascimento vs. Yuki Motoya
Gabi Garcia vs. Anna Malyukova
Jaideep Singh vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis
Vadim Nemkov vs. Karl Albrektsson

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