Misha Cirkunov

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Mikhail "Misha" Cirkunov
Misha Cirkunov (photo by Todd Prescott).jpg
Photo by Todd Prescott
Born (1987-02-27) February 27, 1987 (age 33)
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (today Latvia)
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight heavyweight
Reach77 in (196 cm)
TeamXtreme Couture (2010–present)[2]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission9
By decision2
By knockout3
By submission2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mikhail "Misha" Cirkunov (Russian: Михаил Циркунов, Latvian: Mihails Cirkunovs; born February 27, 1987) is a Latvian-Canadian professional mixed martial artist of Russian heritage, who competes in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He lives in and fights out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[4] As of September 29, 2020, he is #10 in the UFC Light Heavyweight rankings.[5]


Son of Oleg and Olga, Misha Cirkunov was born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (now Latvia) in 1987.[6] In his childhood Cirkunov was active in various sports like swimming, basketball, judo and karate.[7] Growing up, Cirkunov dabbled into dubious circles which prompted the family to emigrate to Toronto, Canada, when he was 13.[6] With no skills in English, Cirkunov struggled in school but continued training judo and also picked up wrestling.[6]

Cirkunov won junior nationals in judo in 2003, Greco-Roman wrestling national championship in 2005 and national championships in freestyle wrestling in 2005 and 2006.[6] After winning the latter championship, Cirkunov became a Canadian citizen.[6][7] After graduating from high school Cirkunov found Brazilian jiu-jitsu, briefly relocating to Las Vegas to train but returned to Canada to open his own gym.[6] After the unsuccessful venture as a gym owner, he started training at recently opened Xtreme Couture satellite gym in Etobicoke.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Cirkunov made his professional debut in January 2010 and amassed a record of 9–2 before signing a four-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the summer of 2015.[8][7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Cirkunov was expected to make his promotional debut against Sean O'Connell on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74.[9] O'Connell withdrew from the bout due to injury and was replaced by Daniel Jolly.[10] Cirkunov defeated Jolly via first-round KO after achieving full mount and battering him when he turned his back.[11]

Cirkunov faced promotional newcomer Alex Nicholson on February 6, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 82.[12] Cirkunov submitted Alex Nicholson via a second-round neck crank, breaking both sides of his jaw in the process, after earlier breaking his nose.[13] At the post-fight press conference, he told reporters, "I’m just really happy with the performance and especially – not just the submission – but I was able to break his jaw. I’m impressed."[14]

Cirkunov next faced another promotional newcomer in Ion Cuțelaba on June 18, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 89.[15] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[16]

Cirkunov faced Nikita Krylov on December 10, 2016, at UFC 206.[17] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[18]

In March 2017, Cirkunov signed a new, six-fight deal with UFC and fought Volkan Oezdemir on May 28, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 109.[19][20] He lost the fight via knockout in just 28 seconds of the very first round.[21]

Cirkunov was scheduled to face Glover Teixeira on October 28, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 119.[22] However, the pairing was delayed after a recent hand surgery for Teixeira was slow to heal and the bout eventually took place on December 16, 2017, at UFC on Fox 26.[23] Cirkunov lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[24]

Cirkunov faced Patrick Cummins on October 27, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 138.[25] He won the fight by submission in the first round via an arm triangle choke.[26]

Cirkunov was expected to face Ovince Saint Preux on March 2, 2019, at UFC 235.[27] However, on February 11, it was announced that Saint Preux suffered an injury and was pulled from the fight.[28] Cirkunov instead faced Johnny Walker.[29] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[30]

Cirkunov faced Jimmy Crute on September 14, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 16.[31] He won the back-and-forth fight via a Peruvian necktie submission in the first round.[32] The win also earned Cirkunov his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[33]

Cirkunov is expected to face Ryan Spann on December 19, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Chimaev.[34]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 15 wins 5 losses
By knockout 4 3
By submission 9 2
By decision 2 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–5 Jimmy Crute Submission (Peruvian necktie) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje September 14, 2019 1 3:38 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Performance of the Night.
Loss 14–5 Johnny Walker TKO (flying knee and punches) UFC 235 March 2, 2019 1 0:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–4 Patrick Cummins Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith October 27, 2018 1 2:40 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Loss 13–4 Glover Teixeira TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos December 16, 2017 1 2:45 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 13–3 Volkan Oezdemir KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 1 0:28 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 13–2 Nikita Krylov Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 206 December 10, 2016 1 4:38 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 12–2 Ion Cuțelaba Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson June 18, 2016 3 1:22 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Win 11–2 Alex Nicholson Submission (neck crank) UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson February 6, 2016 2 1:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Daniel Jolly KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira August 23, 2015 1 4:45 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Win 9–2 Shaun Asher Submission (armbar) Hard Knocks 43 May 22, 2015 1 1:20 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Defended the HKFC Light heavyweight Championship
Win 8–2 Rodney Wallace TKO (head kick) Hard Knocks 41 January 30, 2015 1 2:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Won HKFC Light heavyweight Championship
Win 7–2 Martin Desilets Submission (inverted triangle choke) Provincial FC 2 March 8, 2014 1 2:36 London, Ontario, Canada
Win 6–2 Jon Ganshorn TKO (punches) Fivestar FL 9: Northern Nightmare September 7, 2013 1 1:59 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Loss 5–2 Aaron Johnson Submission (heel hook) King of the Ring VI March 17, 2012 1 2:11 Norcross, Georgia, United States
Win 5–1 Ali Mokdad Decision (unanimous) Score Fighting Series 3 December 3, 2011 3 5:00 Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Win 4–1 Ion Cherdivara Decision (unanimous) Knockout Entertainment - MMA: The Reckoning April 2, 2011 3 5:00 Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Win 3–1 Ricardeau Francois TKO (punches) Ultimate Generation Combat 26 March 4, 2011 1 0:56 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 2–1 Shawn Pauliuk Submission (punches) Armageddon FC 3: Evolution July 17, 2010 1 0:57 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Catchweight (210 lbs) bout.
Loss 1–1 Roy Boughton Submission (armbar) Warrior One MMA 5 June 19, 2010 2 2:33 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 1–0 Jeff Doyle TKO (punches) Ringside MMA 5: Triple Threat January 30, 2010 1 0:40 Montreal, Quebec, Canada



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