One of UFC Moncton’s premier matchups was a top 15 battle at light heavyweight between Misha Cirkunov and Patrick Cummins, and Cirkunov got it done quickly.
After his victory over Nikita Krylov, Misha Cirkunov was looked at as the future of the division. However not long later he would get booped by one Volkan Oezdemir, and then after that would get dispatched by Glover Teixeira inside of one round. With the rest of his UFC career in the balance, he took on Patrick Cummins at UFC Moncton.
Patrick Cummins had as interesting of a start to a UFC career possible, as he was called by the promotion on short notice to fill in against top-ranked light heavyweight Daniel Cormier. Cummins was dominated, but recovered with four wins in his next five fights. Cummins was on a two-fight win streak before falling to Corey Anderson in his last appearance, defeating Jan Blachowicz and Gian Villante.
Misha Cirkunov started the fight with some big shots prior to being pushed against the fence by Cummins. Cummins then attempted a takedown that was then reversed by Misha Cirkunov. Misha then looked for a takedown himself which he got, Cirkunov landed in mount, and then moved to get an arm-triangle submission. He moves into side control and he’s got it! Misha Cirkunov becomes the first man to submit Patrick Cummins.
Despite his losing streak, Cirkunov showed why he’s still a bright prospect at 205 pounds. He also has an opponent in mind for his next bout, calling out headlining fighter Volkan Oezdemir. Cirkunov claimed the last time they met was not a true fight, and he’d love to settle the score with him. Oezdemir knocked out Cirkunov in just 28 seconds in what was the former title challenger’s coming out party.
Misha Cirkunov def. Patrick Cummins by Submission (Arm Triangle) in Round 1 (2:40)