MMA, martial arts

Russia’s Muslim Salikhov earns 2nd UFC win, knocks out Nordine Taleb at ‘UFC 242’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Muslim “King of Kung Fu” Salikhov, 35, of Buynaksk, Russia was one of the winners at “UFC 242.” It was his second victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC 242” took place at The Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 7, 2019. In the third event of the evening, Salikhov faced Nordine Taleb, 37, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the welterweight division.

Herb Dean served as the referee. He put a stop to the welterweight bout after 4 minutes and 26 seconds in the first round when Salikhov knocked out Taleb via punch.

“I try to finish all my fights inside the first round” Salikhov said in his post-fight interview inside the octagon. “If you look at my record I’ve won all my fights in the first round so I was ready for that.”

Winning at “UFC 242” improved the professional MMA record of Salikhov to 15 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Taleb now has 15 wins and 7 losses.

Before facing Taleb at “UFC 242,” Salikhov defeated one opponent in the UFC. On April 14, 2018, he knocked out Ricky “The Sniper” Rainey, 36, of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA at “UFC on Fox 29” at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, USA.


Including Canada and Russia, 13 countries were represented at “UFC 242.” The others were Brazil, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Morocco, Scotland, South Africa and the U.S.

Taleb solely represented Canada. Salikhov was one of the seven representatives of the Russia.

Competing professionally since 2011, Salikhov made his UFC debut in 2017. Before joining the promotion, he competed in Xtreme Fighting Championships, Fight Lab Promotions and Bellator MMA.

In the main event of “UFC 242,” reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia successfully defended his belt from then reigning interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 30, of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA. The Dagestani champion submitted his American challenger via rear-naked choke in the third round.

Meanwhile, watch the complete “UFC 242” post-fight press conference here:

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