After being released in February, it has been confirmed that Misha Cirkunov has re-signed with the UFC. This comes as shocking news given UFC president Dana White stated he would not re-sign the Latvian star.
White today spoke to TSN in Canada stating: “We got a deal done. He and his wife flew to Las Vegas and had dinner with me. I liked them both, he’s a nice guy, a tough guy. We had come to terms on a deal. I don’t know what happened. He came back around, we got the deal done and I’m happy about it. I’m glad we did and I look forward to seeing him fight again.”
Upon Cirkunov’s initial release, Dana insisted: “I’m done. He knows I’m done. I made it very clear I’m done.” Despite the seemingly clear stipulation that the Latvian would not compete in the UFC again, we find one of Europe’s hottest light-heavyweight prospects entering the frame again.
The Xtreme-Couture athlete was ranked a top 15 contender before his release and enjoyed a perfect 4-0 record under the promotion, his most notable win being over Nikita Krylov. With the light-heavyweight division seeing a revival, this news brings further intrigue to the division and increases the quality yet again.
Whilst a date for the European’s next fight is yet to be announced, many are hopeful of a top ten clash with the 30-year-old having won every one of his eight fights since 2013.
With a European UFC event nearing in Stockholm we could be looking at the Latvian making a return on May 28. Failing that, a feature on fellow Canadian resident Georges St. Pierre’s comeback card could be a possible option for the 205lb contender.