Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will send resurgent lightweight contender Erik Koch into battle against the venerable Daron Cruickshank as part of the promotion's upcoming "Fight Night" event at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 10, 2014.
UFC announced the 155-pound pairing earlier today.
Koch (14-3) snapped a two-fight losing streak by abandoning the featherweight division and moving back up to a more comfortable weight class. In his first fight back as a lightweight, "New Breed" put the screws to Raphael Oliveira at the UFC 170 event earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Now it's time to build some momentum.
That's likely to be easier said than done against Cruickshank (14-4), who also bounced back from defeat by obliterating Mike Rio as part of the UFC on FOX 10 cast and crew last month in Chicago. "The Detroit Superstar" hasn't won back-to-back fights since 2012.
No time like the present.
The upcoming "Fight Night" event in "The Queen City" does not have a main event (yet), but has already penciled in a half dozen fights including Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal and Manny Gamburyan vs. Nik Lentz. Stay tuned for future fight announcements as they become available.
Until then, early predictions on Koch vs. Cruickshank?