Glover Teixeira vs Misha Cirkunov kicked off the UFC on Fox 26 main card. Glover came into this fight coming off of a fifth round KO loss to Alexander Gustafsson in may. Though 1-2 in his last three, he still came in ranked the number 3 light heavyweight in the UFC’s official rankings. Misha Cirkunov comes in off of a quick 28 second knockout loss to number one contender Volkan Oezdemir. The loss to Oezdemir snapped the four fight win streak he kicked off his UFC career with.
1st round: The fight started with Glover looking very tentative on the feet. They stayed at range for the first 90 seconds or so, with Misha out landing Teixeira for the most part. After being fairly inactive on the feet, Glover gets the takedown and immediately takes Cirkunov’s back. After having a rear naked choke attempt fought off by Misha, Glover decides to posture up and rain punches down from back mout. After quite a few unanswered, powerful shots, the ref mercifully steps in. Glover gets up and head straight over to Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier to share a few words.
Glover Teixeira def Misha Cirkunov via TKO(punches) at 2:45 of round 1