Instinct Signs Third Ringside Champion


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Quebec’s MMA war is unabatedly heating up. On the heels of its recent signing of Ringside (RS) Welterweight champion Chris Clements, Instinct MMA has secured a three-fight agreement with yet another of its competitor’s belt-holders, Daron Cruickshank.

The Michigan-based Lightweight captured the RS title in an exciting five-round battle with Montreal’s Mike Ricci (6-2) less than a week ago at Ringside 12.

Speaking at the event’s post-fight press conference, RS promoter Eric Champoux said he’d offered his new champion a three-fight contract extension (Friday’s appearance was on a one-fight deal).

The move over to Instinct means Cruickshank is now unlikely to meet former RS Lightweight champ Guillaume Delorenzi, mentioned as a probable next opponent by Champoux on Friday.

Cruickshank joins Clements and former RS Light-Heavyweight kingpin Steve Bossé in Stephane Patry‘s new organization, as just the latest sign of Instinct’s aggressive signing policy. In a post-fight interview with ‘Big Win’ Don Wilson last Friday, Cruickshank hinted at displeasure with his treatment by Ringside.

Since debuting in late 2009, the 26 year-old has already fought 11 times, finishing in six of his nine wins. Other than his last two fights, the decision over Ricci, and a 1st-round TKO of Brad Cardinal (13-8) at Slammer in the Hammer, Cruickshank has exclusively fought south of the border in his native United States.

Julian Cymbalista-Clapp also writes for Montreal MMA News.

12 Responses to “ Instinct Signs Third Ringside Champion ”

  1. Bobby Karimi says:

    Man oh man, major upheaval!!!

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  2. DeViLBoY says:

    doesnt seem like its a quebec mma war…. more like a Instinct a$$ kicking…. 3 champs for Eric Barrack?

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  3. harry balls says:

    This is going to get ugly.

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  4. TSM says:

    It’s already pretty ugly!!! I think Instinct has the top 170 pound division right now they have tough vets and some of the best up and comers, and now filling out the other divisions. Great job so far Mr Patry, I’m sure there will be some more signings by the end of the week, Instinct 2 is going to be a solid card again,

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  5. MMA Scoop says:

    Sick week for Instinct They are going to force Ringside to start paying and treating their fighters better.

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  6. mymmaopinion says:

    I find it surprising that Champoux would sign aguy to fight for a title without having a chalking clause in place should he win and thus need to defend the title. Very short sighted. In any case, it’s always good for fighters to have options and Instinct MMA is indeed proving to be an appealing one for many of the fighters in Quebec, and Michigan too lol.

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  7. ryan farse says:

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  8. Edmonton MMA says:

    How long will it take before Instinct is number one in Canada?

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  9. on spot says:

    instinct already is going to be number 1 patry left the game as canadas only promoter who knows how to secure build and promote his talent and event .. mfc took page from his book but patry is in a league of his own for events.

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  10. E Perez says:

    MFC doesnt develop talent

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  11. ryan farse says:

    Patry is a crook, he has owned four shows all went out of business , keeps changing the names to keep the collections of his back, he’s bad for the sport.

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  12. Joe Doerksen says:

    Mark Pavelich accusing another promoter of being bad for the sport?

    That’s just a little bit funny to me. Thanks Mark. You made my day.

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