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Damien Brown vs. Daron Cruickshank set for Rizin 14

Damien Brown has secured a place on Rizin’s star-studded New Year’s Eve event at the infamous Saitama Super Arena.

“Beatdown” will face another former UFC lightweight veteran in Daron Cruickshank at Rizin 14 on December 31.

Brown (17-12) lost two close split decisions against Dong Hyun Kim and Frank Camacho before being released by the UFC earlier this year. In his Rizin debut, Brown, 33, eagerly looks to break his three-fight skid against a staple Rizin competitor.