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Sunday, Feb 14, 2016

UFC’s Misha Cirkunov Warns Opponents They Should Tap “on Time”

Misha Cirkunov (photo via Twitter)

By FCF Staff

While Misha Cirkunov wasn’t hoping to injure Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night 82 last weekend, the light-heavyweight says the fight served as a reminder of just how dangerous his submission game is.

Cirkunov forced Nicholson to tap-out to a neck crank in round two last Saturday, but unfortunately, the latter submitted after his jaw fractured. Nicholson, who was making his UFC debut, had suffered a broken jaw before.

Following the victory, which was Cirkunov’s six straight win, he told UFC.com the following:

“…Unfortunately, my opponent got injured; that’s part of fighting, but I hope he recovers. I found out after the fight that his jaw was already fractured before, so basically I just re-injured the old injury.”

“If people follow my fighting, I’m a grappler and it just shows that if people don’t tap on time or they’re thinking about holding out a little bit longer, that can happen,” he added. “If I’m known for that – that’s what I do, that’s my style and I’m just going to work at it more and more and I’m excited to get a lot better. I’m not going to be the same fighter when I fight next.”

The Latvian fighter joined the UFC last August and KO’d Daniel Jolly in the opening round. Cirkunov currently carries a record of 11-2.

posted by FCF Staff @ 1:42 pm
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