The UFC has signed Misha Cirkunov to the light heavyweight division.
Cirkunov is expected to debut later this year when the Octagon heads back to Canada. In May, he bested Shaun Asher for the Hard Knocks light heavyweight championship.
“I fight, I train, I train, I fight,” said Misha Cirkunov, in a release by Hard Knocks. “Hard Knocks gave me the fights. My team and gym gave me the skills. My family gave me the strength. I’m so close to where I’ve always wanted to be.”
Cirkunov also holds a victory over Rodney Wallace to his credit and is the third former Hard Knocks fighter to sign with the UFC, joining female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Elias Theodorou.
“Misha is a special talent. You just don’t get his blend of skills and strength very often. Hard Knocks fans got to see this firsthand when he took and defended our light heavyweight title,” said Ari Taub, CEO of Hard Knocks Fighting Championship. “Now UFC fans will get to see this too – we are just thrilled for Misha, his family, Xtreme Couture, his coach Lachlan Cheng, and Pat Wilson at Rise Management.”