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Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 12/16/17

Cirkunov vs. Teixeira

UFC: Saturday, December 16, 2017 (Bell MTS Place)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

Glover Teixeira and Misha Cirkunov fight Saturday on UFC on Fox 26 at the Bell MTS Place.

Glover Teixeira enters this fight with a 26-6 record and has won 62 percent of his fights by knockout. Teixeira has split his last eight fights and is coming off a May loss to Alexander Gustafsson. Teixeira is averaging 3.71 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.9 percent. Teixeira is averaging 2.33 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Teixeira enters this bout in questionable form, as we’ve seen him lose two of his last three fights, and this fight was supposed to be in October but was pushed back due to hand surgery. Teixeira has proven his versatility over his career, as he lands accurate and powerful punches to where he can fight standing up, and he's a successful takedown artist with seven submission victories under his belt. Teixeira has seen it all with his experience at 38 years old, so a lot of fights at this point have a lot to do with his high IQ. This will be Teixeira’s first fight in Canada.

Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 12/16/17

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Misha Cirkunov enters this fight with a 13-3 record and has won 46 percent of his fights by knockout. Cirkunov has won eight of his last nine fights and is coming off a May loss to Volkan Oezdemir. Cirkunov is averaging 4.23 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52.4 percent. Cirkunov is averaging 4.88 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 56.2 percent. Cirkunov is coming off a knockout loss and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. Cirkunov has a long 77 inch reach that allows him to land accurate strikes, but his aggressiveness can be used against him, as he learned in his last bout. Cirkunov is a submission artist at heart and five of his last seven victories have come by the stoppage. Cirkunov is an overall balanced fighter, but he has to be smarter when he comes in to avoid a vicious counter strike. This will be Cirkunov’s 14th fight in Canada, his residence. 

It’s always tough to pick against Teixeira, as his IQ and striking power give him a chance against anybody. But the bottom line is Teixeira is no longer a spring chicken, he’s lost two of his last three bouts and is recovering from hand surgery that obviously wasn’t healed enough to fight a couple of months ago. Cirkunov is an aggressive striker who will also have the advantage if this fight were to go to the canvas. Cirkunov has also lost just one fight in his last several bouts, and that loss came due to one punch because he was rushing in. Cirkunov is simply in better form overall.

I’m siding with Cirkunov to win this toss-up fight.

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