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Daron Cruickshank scores huge head kick KO at Rizin 10, flips off opponent

That was the kind of finish Daron Cruickshank was looking for.

The former UFC fighter scorched Koshi Matusmoto with a walk-off head kick knockout Sunday at Rizin 10 in Fukuoka, Japan. The finish came in the first round after the two separated from a clinch. Cruickshank placed a lightning-fast left head kick right on the chin and neck of Matsumoto and he was out immediately.

When he saw Matsumoto was unconscious, Cruickshank flipped him a middle finger. The Michigan native walked out to Hulk Hogan’s old WWF theme music “Real American” and wore Hogan-esque fu manchu facial hair to boot.

Cruickshank (20-10) has now won two in a row after dropping his last two bouts in Rizin. Cruickshank, 32, has been with the Japanese promotion since its first show in 2016. Matsumoto (19-8-2) had won three straight coming in.

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