A light-heavyweight bout between Jim Crute and Misha Cirkunov is the newest addition to UFC on ESPN+ 16 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sept. 14.
The bout was first reported by MMA DNA.
Crute is rising through the light-heavyweight rankings rapidly following his first-round knockout of Chris Birchler on Dana White’s Contender Series 14 in July 2018. The 23-year-old Austrailian is coming off back-to-back finishes inside the octagon.
He remained undefeated after tapping out Paul Craig at UFC Fight Night 142 and putting away Sam Alvey via technical knockout in his most recent outing at UFC 234. Cirkunov is one more seasoned veteran for Crute to test himself against.
Crute enters enemy territory as Cirkunov currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
The #notheretofuckspiders world tour is coming to Vancouver Canada on September 14th. Always loved the thought of taking someone out in their home country. Mark my words.. I will starch him and I will be looking to back it up with a quick turn around for the Australian card. pic.twitter.com/NSAXU56t3n
— Jimmy Crute (@CruteJim) June 25, 2019
Cirkunov is looking for a turnaround win following a 38-second knockout loss to Johnny Walker at UFC 235 in March.
The 32-year-old started with four-straight finishes inside the octagon before losing three of his last four bouts. He dropped all three of his UFC losses in the opening round.
The bout is currently the lone light-heavyweight matchup scheduled for Vancouver. The main card is still without a headliner, but is scheduled to stream on ESPN +.