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. As of July 14, 2020, he is #11 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.
|Mikhail "Misha" Cirkunov|
Photo by Todd Prescott
|Born||February 27, 1987|
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (today Latvia)
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Team||Xtreme Couture (2010–present)|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Son of Oleg and Olga, Misha Cirkunov was born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (now Latvia) in 1987. In his childhood Cirkunov was active in various sports like swimming, basketball, judo and karate. Growing up, Cirkunov dabbled into dubious circles which prompted the family to emigrate to Toronto, Canada, when he was 13. With no skills in English, Cirkunov struggled in school but continued training judo and also picked up wrestling.
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. After winning the latter championship, Cirkunov became a Canadian citizen and represented his adopted homeland at 2006 World Wrestling Championships. 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. After the unsuccessful venture as a gym owner, he started training at recently opened Xtreme Couture satellite gym in Etobicoke.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
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."
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. He lost the fight via knockout in just 28 seconds of the very first round.
Cirkunov was scheduled to face Glover Teixeira on October 28, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 119. 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. Cirkunov lost the fight via TKO in the first round.
Cirkunov was expected to face Ovince Saint Preux on March 2, 2019, at UFC 235. However, on February 11, it was announced that Saint Preux suffered an injury and was pulled from the fight. Cirkunov instead faced Johnny Walker. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.
Cirkunov faced Jimmy Crute on September 14, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 16. He won the back-and-forth fight via a Peruvian necktie submission in the first round. The win also earned Cirkunov his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||15 wins||5 losses|
|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|
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson". UFC.com. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
- Sean McManus (March 3, 2010). "Cirkunov Inks Two Fight Deal with Armageddon". topmmanews.com.
- "Misha Cirkunov - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Archived from the original on November 19, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
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- "Rankings | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
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- 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.
- Ken Rodney (2016-10-06). "Cirkunov will battle Krylov at UFC 206". tsn.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
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- Shaun al-Shatti (2017-03-15). "Acting as his own manager, Misha Cirkunov details roller-coaster contract negotiations with UFC". mmafighting.com.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Guilherme Cruz (2017-09-13). "Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov moved to UFC on FOX 26". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
- "UFC on FOX 26 results: Glover Teixeira pounds out Misha Cirkunov in first". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-17. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
- Aaron Bronsteter (2018-08-07). "Canadian Cirkunov to fight at UFC Fight Night in Moncton". tsn.ca.com. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
- "UFC Moncton results: Misha Cirkunov submits Patrick Cummins in opening round". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
- Alexander K. Lee (2019-01-03). "Ovince Saint Preux to fight Misha Cirkunov at UFC 235". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
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- Guilherme Cruz (2019-02-12). "Johnny Walker replaces Ovince Saint Preux vs. Misha Cirkunov at UFC 235". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
- "UFC 235 results: Johnny Walker scores quick finish of Misha Cirkunov, injures himself celebrating". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-03. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
- Fortune, Ryan (2019-06-17). "Misha Cirkunov vs. Jimmy Crute Added to UFC Vancouver". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
- Martin, Damon (September 14, 2019). "UFC Vancouver results: Misha Cirkunov hands Jimmy Crute his first defeat with rare Peruvian necktie submission". MMA Fighting.com. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
- Dan Hiergesell (2019-09-14). "Official UFC Vancouver bonuses: Tristan Connelly earns FOTN honors in upset over Michel Pereira". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
- Mike Bohn (July 26, 2020). "UFC on ESPN 14 post-event facts: Khamzat Chimaev's record might be untouchable". mmajunkie.com.
- Sherdog.com. "Misha Cirkunov MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-09-14.