A lot of fighters have seemingly been making the move out to Las Vegas for training and Cirkunov is now among them to do so.
“I moved out here like three months ago, getting used to the weather…getting used to the heat…getting used to the good training regimens. It took me like a solid month to just get used to everything…training in the heat, its different…its different heat than we have in Canada and stuff. (I’m) climatized, it took me about a month. I’ve been doing some solid training at Xtreme Couture Vegas and at the UFC PI (Performance Institute), basically a completely different environment…completely different approach than I have taken before. I really like it in here and I love Canada to, unfortunately Toronto is so ridiculously expensive and I can’t afford to live there. I can’t afford to buy anything, Vegas is a lot more affordable and the training is a lot better. I’m going to be here for now, but I’m definitely coming back to Canada. I’m kind of going to be going back and forth, but all of my training and all of my preparation…I’m only gonna train in Las Vegas,” says Cirkunov in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Cirkunov currently sits at #10 in the official UFC Light Heavyweight Division rankings, so a win over #13 Cummins can do a lot going forward for the fighter.
While Cirkunov is ranked higher than Cummins, it hasn’t stopped him from respecting just how much of a challenge Cummins is going to be in their clash.
“He’s a very tough guy…very durable, a lot of people kind of go hard with him right away. He can take a shot, he’s a very durable guy…a great wrestler. Its a really great fight, its a really good match up I think because he’s durable…he’s tough. I come off a loss and he comes off a loss, its a great match up…its a tough fight. Like all the fights in the UFC, its a tough fight. I feel like I’m very prepared for it, I did all the right steps this time,” says Cirkunov.
UFC Fight Night Moncton takes place on Saturday, October 27 from the Moncton Events Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada with Volkan Oezdemir and Anthony Smith headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.