UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker- Misha Cirkunov vs Krzysztof Jotko: Prediction and Analysis

Published 10/01/2021, 11:58 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker will see a middleweight clash between Misha Cirkunov and Krzysztof Jotko go down on the main card. Both fighters have lost their last fights and will be determined to get back to the win column when the Octagon door closes this weekend.

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Cirkunov has won only 2 out of his last 6 fights in the UFC. His last win was against Jimmy Crute. He won that fight via submission. Cirkunov was finished by Ryan Spann in his last fight, a loss via T/KO.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: (R-L) Ryan Spann punches Misha Cirkunov of Latvia in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jotko, on the other hand, got his 3-fight winning streak snapped in his last fight against Eryk Anders via decision. Most recently, Sean Strickland beat Jotko in his last fight replacing him in the rankings, back in May.

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Cirkunov has a professional record of 15-6. He has a total of 13 finishes on his record. 5 T/KO and 8 submission wins comprise those numbers for him.

Jotko’s record stands at 22-5. His finishing tally is at 7. He has 6 T/KO and 1 submission win on his resume so far in his career as a professional MMA fighter.

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Misha Cirkunov vs Krzysztof Jotko: Analysis

Jotko has had more fights as a professional than his opponent. However, he will be the younger fighter going into the contest. The 32-year-old is two years younger than Cirkunov.

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Also, Jotko has had more experience in the UFC than his counterpart. Cirkunov used to compete in the light-heavyweight division before dropping down a division.

Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Johnny Walker (blue gloves) defeats Misha Cirkunov (red gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

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This should be a closely contested affair. However, Cirkunov being naturally being the bigger man might be able to use his grappling skills in his favor. He might just be able to grind out a decision win in his favor.

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Final Prediction: Misha Cirkunov by decision.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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