Angela Magana, Daron Cruickshank Added to Upcoming RIZIN Cards

Angela Magana
Angela Magana Credit: Dave Mandel/

Angela Magana will resume her MMA career with RIZIN FF in Japan later this Summer.

There’s no rest for the wicked, apparently. ‘Your Majesty’ — a.k.a. former UFC strawweight Angela Magana — has joined the RIZIN FF family. She’ll appear at RIZIN 12 in August, making her promotional debut in the Japanese outfit. In addition to Magana, the promotion also announced on Thursday that Daron Cruickshank would be facing Tom Santos at RIZIN 11 next month. Cruickshank is a RIZIN veteran, having fought for the promotion on five previous occasions.

For Magana (11-9), her appearance in RIZIN gives her a chance to move on from a tough run in the UFC. The New Mexico native who fights out of Puerto Rico went 0-3 in the promotion after losing her lone fight on The Ultimate Fighter 20. However, she remained in the headlines thanks to a very public spat with Cris Cyborg, which culminated in Cyborg assaulting the strawweight at the UFC Fighter’s Retreat last year. Charges against the featherweight champion were dropped after she completed court-ordered anger management.

Magana had recently teased a fight announcement on her official Twitter account.

Opposite Magana at RIZIN 12 in August will be Kanako Murata (7-1). The Japanese fighter has won three straight, with her only loss coming to former UFC talent Rin Nakai.

At RIZIN 11, meanwhile, Daron Cruickshank will look to make it three straight wins when he faces Tom Santos (9-5). Cruickshank (20-10 (1)) stunned Koshi Matsumoto with a crushing head kick last time out at RIZIN 10 in May. In a UFC run from 2012 to 2016, Cruickshank went 6-6 (1NC), but ended his tenure there on a three fight skid.

RIZIN 11 takes place July 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. RIZIN 12 goes down August 12 at the Dolphin’s Arena in in Nagoya, Japan.