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Wellington Turman submits Misha Cirkunov at UFC Vegas 49

Wellington Turman submits Misha Cirkunov at UFC Vegas 49

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, February 26, 2022, for UFC Vegas 49, headlined by top ranked lightweight contender Islam Makhachev (No. 4), who faces Bobby Green in the five-round main event of the evening.

Makhachev was initially slated against fellow top contender Beneil Dariush (No. 3) tonight, however, Dariush was forced to withdraw via injury sustained in camp, thus giving Green the chance to step in just two weeks following his latest appearance, and victory.

Co-headlining the event is a 185 lb matchup between middleweight talents Misha Cirkunov and Wellington Turman.

Both men are in need of a win here tonight, as Cirkunov is 2-5 in his last seven, being knocked out in four of those defeats, while Turman is 2-3 in his last five, being knocked out in the latest two defeats.

Nonetheless, both men are incredible grapplers and this will make for an exciting match up.

Continue reading to see how this middleweight contest went down:

Official Result: Wellington Turman def. Misha Cirkunov via submission (armbar) at 1:29 of round two

Cirkunov comes out pressing the action, controlling the center of the octagon and landing a number of kicks to Turman’s legs and body. Turman ends up taking Cirkunov’s back in a standing position however, not long into round one, and holds position for a couple minutes.

Turman came very close to submitting Cirkunov with a neck crank, but is eventually shook off, where Cirkunov remains on top reigning down heavy punches. He’s very accurate striking vertically too, accurate enough to force a scramble out of Turman.

Cirkunov then locks in a D’Arce choke, switching to a north-south whilst remaining on top, but is unable to finish it and we go into round two.

What a first round that was!

Cirkunov secures a trip takedown early in the second and settles in Turman’s guard. It appears he’ll soon be up two-zip going into the third, or that he may secure that finish he was looking for in the first.

However, Turman throws his legs up at just the right time and secures a beautiful armbar finish.

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