Makhmud Muradov will have a tough test when attempting to bounce back from his sole UFC loss, fighting promotional veteran Misha Cirkunov on February 26th.
Reporter Igor Lazorin broke the new matchup first. It joins a UFC card that doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
Muradov took his first UFC loss in August, suffering a second-round rear naked choke submission loss to Gerald Meerschaert. The loss came after previously attaining three wins in the promotion, including a stoppage victory in early 2021 against Andrew Sanchez.
Cirkunov, entering his 12th appearance for the UFC, will be attempting to break a two-fight skid. A loss for the former light heavyweight would mark the first time in his career that he has lost three-fights-in-a-row.
Cirkunov last competed in October, taking a split decision loss against Krzysztof Jotko. The matchup was Cirkunov’s debut at middleweight.
Prior to then, Cirkunov suffered a first-round stoppage loss to Ryan Spann in March.
Ranked lightweights Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev are currently expected to headline UFC’s February 26th card. Here is how the card looks at the moment.
Bout 4: Beneil Dariush (21-4-1) vs. Islam Makhachev (21-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 3: Jinh Yu Frey (11-6) vs. Hannah Goldy (6-2) (Strawweight)
Bout 2: Arman Tsarukyan (17-2) vs. Joel Alvarez (19-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 1: Makhmud Muradov (25-7) vs. Misha Cirkunov (15-7) (Middleweight)