Fighting out of Dortmund, Germany, Lebanese-German mixed martial artist Khalid “The Warrior” Taha, 27, was one of the winners at “UFC 236.” It was his first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 13 MMA matches, “UFC 236” took place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on April 13, 2019. In the fifth bout of the evening, Taha competed in the bantamweight division against Boston “Boom Boom” Salmon, 28, of Waianae, Hawaii, USA with Blake Grice as the referee.
Grice put a stop to the bantamweight contest after 25 seconds in the first round when Taha knocked out Salmon via punches. It was the first knockout finish of the evening.
Winning at “UFC 236” improved Taha’s professional MMA record to 13 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Salmon now has 6 wins and 2 losses.
“I’m feeling very, very great,” Taha told Joe Rogan in his post-fight octagon interview. “I came here with a very good preparation. I knew he (Salmon) was a very good striker.”
Taha was born in Warendorf, Germany on February 15, 1992 to Lebanese parents. He is training out of Arena Dortmund in Dortmund and has been competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2013.
“UFC 236” marked Taha’s second UFC outing. It was a redemptive win for the Lebanese-German fighter.
On July 22, 2018, Taha he made his UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 134” at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. He lost to Nad “Smiler” Narimani, 31, of Bristol, England via unanimous decision.
Before joining the UFC, Taha competed in Rizin Fighting Federation and Brave Combat Federation, among others. He suffered his first loss as a professional MMA fighter was a mounted guillotine choke submission in the hands of Takafumi Otsuka, 32, of Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan at the Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on December 29, 2017.
Including Germany and the U.S., six countries were represented at “UFC 236.” The other countries were Brazil, Nigeria, Russia and Ukraine.
Watch Taha’s post-fight octagon interview at “UFC 236” here: