UFC Fight Night 187 Gains Rescheduled Misha Cirkunov-Ryan Spann Clash

By: Jay Pettry
Feb 18, 2021

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An intriguing Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight battle has been rebooked for an upcoming March event.

At UFC Fight Night 183 in December, Misha Cirkunov (15-5) and Ryan Spann (18-6) were slated to square off against one another, only for the match to fall through when Cirkunov suffered an injury. The promotion promised the pairing would be maintained for a future event, and on Thursday, the UFC announced that Cirkunov vs. Spann has been placed on UFC Fight Night 187. The two will meet at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on March 13.

Latvian-Canadian finisher Cirkunov has alternated first-round stoppage wins and losses in his last four, with submissions over Patrick Cummins and Jimmy Crute interspersed between knockout defeats to Glover Teixeira and Johnny Walker. Cirkunov last competed in September 2019 against Crute, pulling off a miraculous Peruvian Necktie – the second in company history – while also becoming the first man to beat Crute.

Spann had a major eight-fight win streak halted in his last performance, suffering a controversial loss to Walker when Spann appeared to absorb illegal blows to the back of the head. The knockout loss ended a run that included four UFC wins over the likes of Sam Alvey, Devin Clark and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. As a pro, the Fortis MMA standout posts a high finish rate of 83 percent.

UFC Fight Night 187 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas will be held on March 13, and earlier on Thursday, it gained a new headliner. Appearing in the top billing at welterweight will be Leon Edwards taking on short-notice replacement Belal Muhammad. Other noteworthy matchups booked on the card include Dan Ige against an undisclosed opponent, and Ben Rothwell vs. Philipe Lins at heavyweight.

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