Misha Cirkunov vs Jimmy Crute UFC Predictions & Tips - 9/14/2019
Misha Cirkunov vs Jimmy Crute
UFC Fight Night 158
Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Misha Cirkunov (14-5-0) will face off in the Octagon against Jimmy "The Brute" Crute (10-0-0) at UFC Fight Night 158 in Rogers Arena on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The opening line has Cirkunov coming in at +195 while Crute is priced at -250.
Misha Cirkunov comes into the cage with 14 wins and 5 losses. The Toronto, ON fighter is 32 years old, steps on the scale at 205 lbs and measures in at 6'3" tall. He has a 77.0" reach and fights in the light heavyweight division. Cirkunov has a total of 8 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In his last time fighting, Cirkunov lost in the 1st round against Johnny Walker by KO/TKO. In the light heavyweight division, he is 22nd in strikes with 293 and 254th out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Misha Cirkunov is sitting at 52nd in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and 12th in the light heavyweight division landing 64.8% of the strikes he throws. He also has a total of 10 takedowns which ranks 151st in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and 15th in the light heavyweight division. Cirkunov finishes 58.8% of his takedown tries which ranks 78th in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and 7th out of all the athletes in the division. He is sitting at 27th out of all the athletes in the division and 307th in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for significant strikes with 149. Of those significant strikes, 109 of them were directed at the head while 34 of them were pointed at the midsection which ranks 27th and 23rd respectively out of all the athletes in the division.
At UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith, he earned a victory via submission in the 1st round when he fought Patrick Cummins. Before that, Cirkunov lost in the 1st round when he fought Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs. dos Anjos by KO/TKO.
Stepping into the Octagon for this matchup, Jimmy "The Brute" Crute has a total of 10 wins and 0 losses. The 23-year-old hailing from Melbourne, Australia measures 6'2" tall and weighs 205 lbs. The Australia fighter competes in the light heavyweight division and has a 74.0" reach. He has collected a total of 2 fights in the UFC. Jimmy Crute won by unanimous decision when he squared up with Sam Alvey in his most recent fight at UFC 234: Adesanya vs. Silva. When talking about strikes, Crute is 451st out of all fighters in the UFC and 44th among all athletes in the division with 49.
When talking about strike accuracy, he is connecting on 65.3% of the shots he's thrown which has him ranked at 11th in the light heavyweight division and 49th in the UFC. With 17 significant strikes, he sits at 473rd in the UFC and 46th among all athletes in the division. At UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Tuivasa, he won via submission in round 3 when he squared up with Paul Craig. Prior to that, Crute won in the 1st round when he squared up with Chris Birchler at DWTNCS Season 2, Week 6 by stoppage.
When dissecting the fight between Misha Cirkunov and Jimmy Crute, it is important to understand how these two fighters match up. Jimmy Crute lands punches more accurately, landing 65.3% of his punches which means Misha Cirkunov is going to want to want to watch out for big punches. When talking about measurements, we are going to look at Misha Cirkunov who is 6'3", and the fighter on the other side of the cage 6'2". When talking about reach, Cirkunov stretches 77.0" while Crute has a fingertip to fingertip measurement of 74.0" meaning Cirkunov should not allow his opponent to cut the distance Jimmy Crute won't be able to utilize this advantage. Cirkunov is the older fighter checking in at 32 years of age while Crute is the more youthful fighter by checking in at 23 years of age. In terms of how long these fighters have been in the UFC, Cirkunov has 8 fights giving him the edge in experience in the UFC, while Crute has compiled a total of 2 fights in the Octagon. Concerning overall experience in MMA, Cirkunov has 14 wins and 5 defeats while Jimmy Crute has an overall professional mixed martial record of 10 wins and 0 defeats.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Misha Cirkunov (+195)
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