Misha Cirkunov

Latvia

Now facing Wellington Turman
MiddleweightUFC
January 28, 2022
Cirkunov will take on Wellington Turman on Feb. 26.
ANALYSIS
Cirkunov was previously scheduled to face Makhmud Muradov on that date, but he withdrew with a hand injury Thursday. In Turman, he'll face a fighter who's gone 2-3 to start his UFC career, bouncing back from a pair of first-round knockout loss to earn a split decision victory over Sam Alvey in his most recent fight in August. Cirkunov doesn't have a strong recent record either, losing his last two fights and five of his last seven.
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Needs new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
January 27, 2022
Cirkunov's scheduled opponent, Makhmud Muradov, pulled out of the pair's scheduled Feb. 26 fight Thursday due to a hand injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Muradov withdrew nearly a month before the date of the fight, so there's seemingly still plenty of time for a replacement to be found to keep Cirkunov on the card. It's not yet known whether or not the UFC intends to keep him on the card or rebook the matchup against Muradov for a later date.
Will face Muradov in February
MiddleweightUFC
December 1, 2021
Cirkunov will face Makhmud Muradov at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 26, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Cirkunov is 2-5 in his last six last six bouts after beginning his UFC run with a 4-0 stretch. The 34-year-old last lost in October to Krzysztof Jotko after dropping down from heavyweight to middleweight. He will have one more shot against Muradov to try and turn things around.
Drops middleweight debut
MiddleweightUFC
October 2, 2021
Cirkunov lost to Krzysztof Jotko via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Big for the light heavyweight division, Cirkunov dropped down to middleweight here hoping to straighten things out. Not only did he not get the victory he came for, Ciruknov also walked away with a back-breaking defeat. It was the same old story for Misha, just in a different weight class. He doesn't defend well on the feet, and although he's a big strong guy and a solid wrestler, Cirkunov's poor cardio limits his ability to get his opposition to the mat on a regular basis. He was credited with five takedowns on a whopping 17 attempts in this fight, but he did nothing with his positional advantage. Cirkunov's UFC run began with much promise. He won each of his first four fights via stoppage, but has dropped five of seven since. Now 34 years of age, it's difficult to see Cirkunov turning things around.
Making drop to middleweight
MiddleweightUFC
August 17, 2021
Cirkunov will drop down to middleweight to face Krzystof Jotko in a matchup scheduled for Oct. 2.
ANALYSIS
Cirkunov is 2-4 in his last six bouts after beginning his UFC run with a 4-0 stretch. The problem is that all four of those losses have came by way of first-round KO/TKO, so a change of scenery appears to be due. He'll now attempt to make the deep, 20-pound cut to 185, though he'll bring just a two-inch height advantage into his fight with Jotko. Cirkunov already averages an impressive 4.28 takedowns per 15 minutes, but Jotko does sport an impressive 87 percent takedown defense. Should Cirkunov be unable to get this fight to the ground, he also has a statistical advantage in striking volume and striking accuracy.
No-shows loss to Ryan Spann
MiddleweightUFC
March 13, 2021
Cirkunov lost to Ryan Spann via TKO (punches) at 1:11 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
While there have been plenty of ugly performances on this card, this is by far the most disappointing to date. Fighting for the first time since September 2019 against an opponent who offers little on the feet, Cirkunov got popped a handful of times and was unable to handle any of the shots. The time away makes for a convenient excuse, but the truth of the matter is that Cirkunov was knocked out in three of his four fights prior to Saturday and has been trending in the wrong direction for years. He's an explosive athlete with a limited fight IQ and no chin to speak of. Now 2-4 in his past half dozen bouts dating back to May 2017, time is running out on the 34-year-old.