A pair of top-10 light heavyweights will do battle when the UFC returns to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
During Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 broadcast in Mexico City, the UFC announced a high stakes Light Heavyweight bout between former number-one contender Glover Teixeira and rising contender Misha Cirkunov. The bout is scheduled to take place at the Ginasio do Ibirapuera arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 28.
Teixeira (26-6, 9-4 in UFC) will look to bounce back after suffering a devastating knockout at the hands of Swedish star Alexander Gustaffson back in May. Teixeira, a former world champion contender has defeated the likes of Patrick Cummins, Ryan Bader, Ovince Saint Preux, and former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans. The 37-year old holds 15 knockouts out of his 26 career wins along with seven submissions giving him an 85% finishing rate.
Cirkunov (13-3, 4-1 in UFC) will look to notch the biggest win of his career over his higher ranked Brazilian foe, as well as shake off a loss in last outing which came against fellow rising contender Volkan Oezdemir back at UFC Fight Night 109. The Toronto native has been otherwise terrorizing the Light Heavyweight division with four finishes in his four victories achieved inside the Octagon. Of Misha’s 13 total career wins, 11 of them are finishes with seven of them coming by way of five different submissions.
UFC Fight Night 119 will mark the UFC’s sixth trip to the Brazilian city. The promotion has not yet added any other fights to the card other than a Heavyweight tilt between Brazil’s Carlos Felipe (8-0) and Christian Colombo (8-2-1).
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