Muslim Salikhov
King of Kung Fu

Russia

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.
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Lives up to his 'King of Kung Fu' moniker
WelterweightUFC
October 27, 2019
Salikhov defeated Laureano Staropoli via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Singapore.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli was game in this fight, but he did not have technical acumen to stick with Salikhov in a striking match. Saliekhov controlled the distance and the pace in this fight throughout. His best round was the second where he outlanded Staropoli 33 to nine. The decision should have never been in doubt, and Salikhov won all three scorecards. The "King of Kung Fu" is now 3-1 in the UFC after stumbling in his first fight for the promotion. It will be interesting to see who the promotion matches him with next.
Added to Singapore card
WelterweightUFC
October 4, 2019
Salikhov will fight Laureano Staropoli at UFC Singapore on Oct. 26, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Salikhov is coming off a Round 1 knockout victory over Nordine Taleb in September. He owns a 15-2 record overall and has won two of his three fights since joining the UFC. Staropoli has won both of his UFC fights thus far.
Turns lights out with one shot
WelterweightUFC
September 7, 2019
Salikhov defeated Nordine Taleb via KO (punch) at 4:26 of Round 1 at UFC 242 in The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Salikhov did an excellent job blocking Taleb's kicks and cutting off the cage early. This allowed Salikhov to find and control the range, which led to the one-shot finish and a $50,000 Performance Bonus. After a one-sided loss in his Octagon debut, this is Salikhov's second one-punch knockout in a row, but his lack of output makes him something of a boom-or-bust fighter. He improves to 15-2 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Joining UFC Abu Dhabi card
WelterweightUFC
June 4, 2019
Salikhov will fight Nordine Taleb at UFC Abu Dhabi, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
Salikhov was cleared of a doping violation in early March, clearing the way the 34-year-old to make his return to the octagon following his first career UFC victory against Ricky Rainey. He gives up two inches of height and four of reach on Taleb, who enters the fight having won his last bout after a pair of losses.
Cleared of doping suspension
WelterweightUFC
March 4, 2019
Salikhov has been cleared of a doping violation stemming from tests collected in June, Marc Raimondi of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
UFC has determined that the Russian has not been positively benefited from the traces of a banned substance they have found in his tests, so Salikhov won't be suspended by the USDA and has been immediately reinstated to the UFC and is eligible to fight. While important for Salikhov, the results has an overarching Jon Jones and Grant Dawson both faced similar suspensions for the same banned substance in the past. Although Jones was issued a suspension immediately, Salikhov avoided the punishment after substantial evidence couldn't be provided and has now been completely cleared.