As the more decorated striker with a background in wrestling, lightweight Cruickshank was always favored to beat Mike Rio in their UFC on Fox 10 fight. Cruickshank capitalized on that by hitting a beautifully timed spinning back kick in the closing seconds of round 2. He landed with his foot and shook up Rio, then followed up with a flurry that forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight with only four seconds left on the clock.
Despite being on the wrong side of the highlight reel moment, Rio had some impressive moments of his own. Repeatedly through the first round he landed his counter lead left hook. Just before the finish in round two, he had Cruickshank wrapped up in a heel hook. However, when he was finally able to escape, Cruickshank made Rio pay for it.
Cruickshank recovered from a loss in his last fight and improved his UFC record to 4-2. Rio has now given up his last three fights inside the Octagon and dropped to just 1-4 in the UFC.