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UFC on ESPN+ 16: Misha Cirkunov returns against Jim Crute

Canadian Misha Cirkunov (14-5-0) will attempt to return to the win column at Vancouver’s UFC on ESPN+ 16 show against Australian DWCS alum Jim Crute (10-0-0) in September.

Cirkunov, 32, has been finished in three of his last four bouts, including the streaking Johnny Walker in his last bout at UFC 235 in March. A big win against Crute would likely take him much further away from the light heavyweight bubble.

Meanwhile, Crute, 23, keeps chugging along. He scored a first round TKO over Sam Alvey at UFC 234 in February. He’s also looking forward to taking on Chris Weidman should he enter the division.

UFC on ESPN+ 16 is scheduled for Sept. 14 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Current bouts include:

Uriah Hall (14-9-0) vs. Antonio Carlos Jr. (10-3-0, 1NC)

David Branch (22-6-0) vs. Andrew Sanchez (11-4-0)

Jim Crute (10-0-0) vs. Misha Cirkunov (14-5-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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