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Who won Yamauchi vs Cruickshank?
Goiti Yamauchi beat Daron Cruickshank by submission in the 1st round, during the main card of Bellator 237, on Saturday 28th December 2019 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Yamauchi vs Cruickshank stats
Goiti Yamauchi stepped into the ring with a record of 24 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 1 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 19 by submission.
Daron Cruickshank made his way to the ring with a record of 22 wins, 12 loses and 0 draws, with 14 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Cruickshank had a massive power advantage over Yamauchi, boosting at 64% knock out percentage over Yamauchi's 4%.
Goiti Yamauchi was the younger man by 7 years, at 29 years old.
Yamauchi had a height advantage of 2 inches over Cruickshank. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Yamauchi was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 6 less fights, and made his debut in 2010, 1 year later than Cruickshank, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 18 less professional rounds, 53 to Cruickshank's 71.
Yamauchi vs Cruickshank form
Cruickshank had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Tofiq Musayev at RIZIN 16 on 2nd June 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at World Memorial Hall, Kobe, Japan.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Damien Brown at RIZIN 14 on 31st December 2018 by submission in the 1st round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Diego Brand o at RIZIN 13 on 30th September 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.
Before that, he had beat Tom Santos at RIZIN 11 on 29th July 2018 by submission in the 3rd round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.
He had won against Koshi Matsumoto at RIZIN 10 on 6th May 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Marine Messe Fukuoka, Fukuoka.
Cruickshank's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 8 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.