Launching bombs at opponent Misha Cirkunov from the first exchange, Menifield was loading up on a right hand that he had corked and ready to unleash at any time. Ultimately it was a left hand that stunned Cirkunov, followed by a right that dropped him to the canvas in violent fashion. Menifield then landed a couple extra hammer fists until referee Mark Smith rushed in to stop the fight.
The end came at just 1:28 in the first round.
Cirkunov actually laid motionless on the ground for several moments after the knockout but was eventually able to get back to his feet following the scary end to his night.
“I feel good, especially that he got up,” Menifield said afterward. “Shout out to my opponent. As far as the fight, it’s a war. I love it. Stop hiding my abilities. [Coach] Pat Barry’s bringing them out, so more of that’s going to come.”
Menifield had plenty of confidence in his hands as he came after Cirkunov with power behind every shot. A glancing blow actually opened up a cut over Cirkunov’s eye as he continuously tried to use his wrestling and grappling to slow down Menifield on the feet.
It seemed like it was just a matter of time before Menifield found a home for his best punches, which is when he threw a perfectly timed left hook that rattled Cirkunov. Menifield then followed with the devastating right that ended the fight.
After arriving with only former UFC heavyweight Pat Barry in his corner, Menifield celebrated his jaw-dropping victory alongside his new head coach, which marks his second win in a row with a 4-1 résumé over his past five fights.