One of the more promising up-and-coming light heavyweights is now free to resume his UFC career.
Previously, White had told TSN that Cirkunov “flaked out” on an initial deal with the UFC. White said he was “done” with Cirkunov and he would no longer be in the UFC.
That apparently changed in the last week or so. White said Cirkunov and his wife flew to Las Vegas to have dinner with White and brokered a deal, the UFC boss said.
“We had come to terms on a deal, I had thought, and he sort of went MIA on me,” White said Wednesday. “I honestly don't know what happened. He came back around, we got the deal done and I’m happy about it.”
Cirkunov (13-2) is on an eight-fight winning streak and has won all four of his fights in the UFC via finish. In his last bout, the Canadian by way of Latvia beat Nikita Krylov by first-round submission. Cirkunov, 29, could be nearing a title shot in a relatively wide-open 205-pound division with another win or two. He has not lost a fight since 2012.
“I'm excited to fight!” Cirkunov told MMA Fighting. “I don't know when I'll fight next, but I'm happy I'm back in the mix.”