|Mikhail "Misha" Cirkunov|
February 27, 1987 |
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mikhail "Misha" Cirkunov (Russian: Михаил Циркунов, Latvian: Mihails Cirkunovs; born February 27, 1987) is a Latvian-Canadian mixed martial artist of Russian descent, who currently fighting in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He lives in and fights from Toronto, Canada. Before taking up MMA, he was a highly accomplished judoka.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Cirkunov was expected to make his promotional debut against Sean O'Connell on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74. O'Connell withdrew from the bout due to injury and was replaced by Daniel Jolly. Cirkunov defeated Jolly via first round KO after achieving full mount and battering him when he turned his back.
Cirkunov faced promotional newcomer Alex Nicholson on February 6, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 82. Cirkunov submitted Alex Nicholson via a second-round neck crank, breaking both sides of his jaw in the process, after earlier breaking his nose. 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.”
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||12 wins||2 losses|
|Win||12–2||Ion Cutelaba||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|
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson". UFC.com. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
- "Misha Cirkunov - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
- "Toronto MMA fighter Cirkunov kicks off UFC career". Calgary Sun.
- Leland Roling (19 January 2012). "2012 World MMA Light Heavyweight Scouting Report: #4 - Misha Cirkunov". Bloody Elbow.
- "Light-heavyweight Misha Cirkunov sports black belts in judo and jiu-jitsu". ngnews.ca.
- Simon, Zane (June 15, 2015). "Welcome to the UFC Misha Cirkunov". bloodyelbow.com.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fowlkes, Ben (August 23, 2015). "UFC Fight Night 74 results: Misha Cirkunov dominates Daniel Jolly in UFC debut". MMAjunkie.
- 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.
- "UFC Fight Night Medical Suspensions: Seven Fighters Facing Potential 6-Month Layoffs". Sherdog. February 8, 2015.
- Stupp, Dan (February 7, 2016). "Listen to Misha Cirkunov pop Alex Nicholson's jaw and his post-fight reaction". MMAjunkie.
- Staff (2016-03-29). "Multiple fight bookings made official for UFC Fight Night 89". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
- 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.