Misha Cirkunov vs. Daniel Jolly MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/15
Daniel Jolly (5-0) vs. Misha Cirkunov (9-2)
MMA: Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm (SaskTel Centre)
The Line: Cirkunov -380 / Jolly +315 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: UFC Fight Pass
Misha Cirkunov and Daniel Jolly fight Sunday night at the SaskTel Centre during UFC Fight Night.
Misha Cirkunov enters this fight with a 9-2 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by submission. Cirkunov has won his last four fights and is coming off a May victory over Shaun Asher. Cirkunov is a guy who wants to take his fight to the canvas, as he’s a big, strong guy who moves well and knows how to finish a fight. Cirkunov has won three of his last four fights by submission, as he clearly knows his way around the mat and is extremely comfortable. Cirkunov has improved his striking game over his last couple of his fights, but he’s better off relying on his bread and butter by getting the fight to the canvas. However, both of Cirkunov’s losses have come by submission, so he’s not bulletproof when getting the fight where he wants it.
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Daniel Jolly enters this fight with a 5-0 record and has won 40 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Jolly’s first fight of this year and he’s coming off a May win over Josh Foster. Jolly makes this his UFC debut on short notice after an injury to Sean O’Connell. Jolly is also a clincher who wants his fight on the canvas, as he relies on good athleticism and quick hands. Jolly isn’t much of a striker, but he does have two knockouts, which includes a head kick in 2013. Jolly has potential but looks like a limited fighter with very little experience at this point of his career. Of course, the concerns for Jolly is that he’s fighting this match on short notice and this is by far the biggest step up in competition of his short career.
Cirkunov is far more skilled and experienced than Jolly is, which is quite obvious. Jolly will gain from this fight, but he won’t win. There’s just too much going in the favor of Cirkunov.
Jolly will no longer be undefeated after this fight.