This Saturday marks the return of “The Assassin” to the Octagon. Anthony Njokuani looks to bounce back after a tough Decision loss to Vinc Pichel at UFC 173, as he takes on “The Detroit Superstar” Daron Cruickshank at UFC Fight Night 54. This fight looks to be absolute fireworks as Njokuani has knocked out his opponents in 56% of his professional fights while Cruickshank has knocked out 60%. In Njokuani’s last fight he had a tough time stopping Pichel’s takedowns, however he won’t have to worry much about those this fight. In Cruickshank’s 8 UFC fights he has only completed 7 takedowns. Although Cruickshank is much regarded as an elite striker, Njokuani has proven that he is even better on the feet. Njokuani has landed more strikes per minute (4.09) than Cruickshank has (2.93) and boasts a 10% higher striking accuracy (46% to 36%). Njokuani has also absorbed fewer strikes per minute and defends strikes at a 6% better rate. With both men willing to stand and trade, this has a Fight of the Night bonus written all over it.
Catch this fight in the main event of the prelims, which should start around 9:30p.m. ET/6:30p.m. PT on Fox Sports 2. Look for “The Assassin” to earn another knockout victory and make it his 9th out of his last 11 wins.