Misha Cirkunov

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Mikhail "Misha" Cirkunov
Born (1987-02-27) February 27, 1987 (age 30)
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (today Latvia)
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Latvian
Ethnicity Russian
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light heavyweight
Reach 77.0 in (196 cm)
Team Xtreme Couture
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 13
By knockout 4
By submission 7
By decision 2
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 2
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, Canada.[3] Before taking up MMA, he was a highly accomplished judoka. He is currently the No. 7 ranked light heavyweight in official UFC rankings. [4][5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Cirkunov made his professional debut in January 2010 and amassed a record of 9-2 before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the summer of 2015.[6]

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.[7] O'Connell withdrew from the bout due to injury and was replaced by Daniel Jolly.[8] Cirkunov defeated Jolly via first round KO after achieving full mount and battering him when he turned his back.[9]

Cirkunov faced promotional newcomer Alex Nicholson on February 6, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 82.[10] Cirkunov submitted Alex Nicholson via a second-round neck crank, breaking both sides of his jaw in the process, after earlier breaking his nose.[11] 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.”[12]

Cirkunov next faced another promotional newcomer in Ion Cuțelaba on June 18, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 89.[13] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[14]

Cirkunov faced Nikita Krylov on December 10, 2016 at UFC 206.[15] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[16]

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.[17][18] He lost the fight via knockout in just 28 seconds of the very first round.[19]

Cirkunov was scheduled to face Glover Teixeira on October 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 119.[20] However, the pairing was delayed after a recent hand surgery for Teixeira was slow to heal and the bout rescheduled for December 16, 2017 at UFC on Fox 26.[21]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson". UFC.com. Retrieved February 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Misha Cirkunov - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Toronto MMA fighter Cirkunov kicks off UFC career". Calgary Sun. 
  4. ^ Leland Roling (19 January 2012). "2012 World MMA Light Heavyweight Scouting Report: #4 - Misha Cirkunov". Bloody Elbow. 
  5. ^ "Light-heavyweight Misha Cirkunov sports black belts in judo and jiu-jitsu". ngnews.ca. 
  6. ^ Simon, Zane (June 15, 2015). "Welcome to the UFC Misha Cirkunov". bloodyelbow.com. 
  7. ^ Tristen Crichfield (2015-07-06). "UFC Fight Night in Saskatoon gets Sean O'Connell-Misha Cirkunov light heavyweight bout". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-07-06. 
  8. ^ Tristen Crichfield (2015-08-13). "Daniel Jolly replaces Sean O'Connell, meets Misha Cirkunov at UFC Fight Night Saskatoon". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  9. ^ Fowlkes, Ben (August 23, 2015). "UFC Fight Night 74 results: Misha Cirkunov dominates Daniel Jolly in UFC debut". MMAjunkie. 
  10. ^ Staff (2016-01-06). "Misha Cirkunov meets 205-pound newcomer Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night Medical Suspensions: Seven Fighters Facing Potential 6-Month Layoffs". Sherdog. February 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ Stupp, Dan (February 7, 2016). "Listen to Misha Cirkunov pop Alex Nicholson's jaw and his post-fight reaction". MMAjunkie. 
  13. ^ Staff (2016-03-29). "Multiple fight bookings made official for UFC Fight Night 89". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  14. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-06-18). "UFC Fight Night 89 results: Misha Cirkunov taps Ion Cutelaba with third-round arm-triangle choke". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-06-18. 
  15. ^ Ken Rodney (2016-10-06). "Cirkunov will battle Krylov at UFC 206". tsn.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  16. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-12-10). "UFC 206 results: Misha Cirkunov stays perfect in UFC, chokes out Nikita Krylov in first". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  17. ^ Shaun al-Shatti (2017-03-15). "Acting as his own manager, Misha Cirkunov details roller-coaster contract negotiations with UFC". mmafighting.com. 
  18. ^ Staff (2017-03-13). "With new deal in tow, Misha Cirkunov meets Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Fight Night 109 in Stockholm". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  19. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Volkan Oezdemir stuns Misha Cirkunov with quick one-punch KO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  20. ^ MMA Fighting Newswire (2017-08-05). "Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov booked for UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-08-05. 
  21. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2017-09-13). "Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov moved to UFC on FOX 26". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 

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