Muslim Salikhov
King of Kung Fu

Russia

Booked against Silva
WelterweightUFC
August 22, 2020
Salikhov will face Claudio Silva in a welterweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for Oct. 17, Marcelo Barone of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Salikhov defeated Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos via split decision at UFC 251 in July, and he'll search for his fifth consecutive win against Silva. Despite his recent win, Salikhov appeared to take a step back from when he secured a victory via unanimous decision over Laureano Staropoli in October. He'll have his hands full against Silva, who has won his first five fights under the UFC banner, most recently defeating Cole Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Newark in August of 2019. The two fighters are even in height, but Silva has a one-inch reach advantage.
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Gets break in split decision win
WelterweightUFC
July 11, 2020
Salikhov defeated Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 251 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Both corners (correctly) appeared to think Zaleski dos Santos was up 2-0 heading into the third round. Not so fast. It took Salikhov the better part of ten minutes to find his range in his UFC debut. He never really got on track, but he probably did enough to win the final frame. What the judges felt he accomplished over the course of the first two rounds -- the first in particular -- is anybody's guess. Salikhov is a power puncher (12 career knockout wins), but he managed to land just 42 total strikes over the course of this 15-minute bout. The victory aside, it was a clear step back in terms of performance from Salikhov's unanimous decision victory over Laureano Staropoli in his most recent bout last October. Still, a win is a win and Salikhov has now won four in a row since dropping his UFC debut.
Added to Fight Island card
WelterweightUFC
June 16, 2020
Salikhov will fight Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC 251 on July 11, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This welterweight bout adds even more excitement to a stacked card for Fight Island. Salikhov is on a three-fight win streak but hasn't been in the octagon since October.
Loses bout against Price
WelterweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Salikhov will no longer face Niko Price at UFC Portland on April 11, as Price has been moved to a matchup against Vicente Luque at UFC 249 on April 18.
ANALYSIS
Salikhov will join the company of several Russian-based fighters who are presumably unable to make it to the US due to travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. If that's the case, he likely won't be able to fight stateside for the immediate future.
New location for Price fight
WelterweightUFC
March 5, 2020
Updating a previous report, Salikhov will now take on Niko Price at UFC Portland on April 11, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Neither fighter has been in the Octagon since last October, so it presumably worked out for both parties to move up a fight that was originally targeted for Lincoln toward the end of the month. Salikhov has compiled three consecutive wins in the UFC, but will be giving up a bit of height and reach to Price. Price holds the edge in volume striking but is more than willing to get hit in order to land his own, which likely explains why all ten of Price's UFC bouts have ended in a finish. Should Salikhov prove capable of avoiding the big shot, there should eventually be an opening.
Will face Price on April 25
WelterweightUFC
February 12, 2020
Salikhov will face Niko Price for UFC Fight Night on April 25 in Lincoln, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Salikhov will be making his first appearance since defeating Laureano Staropoli by unanimous decision back in October. The Russian will be looking to move to 17-2.