Join us as we preview a hot UFC prospect from this week’s UFC Vegas 62: Grasso vs. Araujo MMA event.
Read on for our complete UFC Vegas 62 betting guide, taking a first look at our hottest prospect of the week, Alonzo Menifield, and his opponent, Misha Cirkunov, including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC picks.
Misha Cirkunov vs. Alonzo Menifield
UFC Vegas 62 Light Heavyweight Bout
Saturday, October 15, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at UFC Apex
- Pro MMA Record: (12-3-0) (8 KO, 3 submissions, 1 decision)
Alonzo Menifield boasts a physical presence in the octagon that would give most opponents the jitters. Still, a career in fighting was never the intention of the Los Angeles-born UFC light heavyweight.
Menifield has long been trained as an athlete, but before his physicality was used to fight, it was utilized on the football field.
As a former linebacker, Menifield competed as a professional in the Canadian Football League, known as the CFL. So, it’s no surprise that his on-field athletic stance transitioned effortlessly into the cage when he arrived at Saekson’s Muay Thai MMA gym in 2010.
With speed, power, agility, and focus already on his side, Menifield began to hone his skills at Saekson’s in Texas, and he’s remained a valuable team member at this gym ever since.
Five years of training prepared Menifield for his professional debut, and he spent the next three years finishing every opponent inside the distance.
Competing for both Bellator and LFA fight promotions, Menifield was a physical specimen with the fight-ending ability that most MMA organizations wanted to get their hands on.
However, the UFC finally signed him up following two appearances on Dana White’s Contender Series. And, of course, he continued ending fights inside the distance, most notably, he stopped Paul Craig in round one during his second UFC outing.
Menifield's Road in UFC
Menifield has garnered a 5-3 UFC record since joining the promotion in 2019, suffering the first losses of his professional career to Devin Clark, Ovince St. Preux, and William Knight. Losing can be valuable to a fighter’s learning experience.
Still, one factor remains from Menifield’s previous undefeated streak, his fight-ending power and physical dominance are often one punch or submission away from ending a fight inside the distance.
Cirkunov vs. Menifield: Fight Analysis
Striking speed, power, and technicality will favor Menifield heading into this weekend’s MMA contest with Cirkunov.
The years spent as a high-level linebacker will also come into play, as we should expect a grappling-heavy game from Cirkunov, as Menifield will need his takedown defense to be on point.
Menifield’s going to dictate the pace on the feet, and he notably delivers some vicious strikes from the clinching position, where we’re likely to see Cirkunov take this fight with his judo background.
Cirkunov vs. Menifield: Betting Pick and Odds
Misha Cirkunov (15-8-0) is a 12-year veteran who can pose a severe threat on the ground.
Behind a single or double-leg takedown and his judo trips, the Latvian native has been a submission machine since joining the UFC in 2015.
Aged 35, Cirkunov is undoubtedly slowing down, but his grappling skillset is still present and as dangerous as ever.
The UFC Vegas 61 betting odds at top-rated sportsbooks have placed Menifield as the betting favorite for a good reason.
Main Skills to Rely On
Cirkunov will have to rely on consistent takedowns and ground or cage control to win this bout, a gameplan I believe Menifield can counteract with power strikes and a dominant outing as the superior striker.
Should this fight remain on the feet, I can’t envision a world where Cirkunov can win a single round, let alone the fight as a whole.
Don’t be surprised if the power punches of Menifield end this fight before the judges can intervene.
UFC Vegas 62 Main Card and Odds
- Alexa Grasso vs. Viviane Araujo [UFC women’s flyweight main event bout]
- Jonathan Martinez vs. Cub Swanson [UFC bantamweight co-main event bout]
- Dusko Todorovic vs. Jordan Wright [UFC middleweight bout]
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Alonzo Menifield [UFC light heavyweight bout]
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