Khalid Taha
The Warrior

Germany

Earns second straight stoppage win
BantamweightUFC
October 5, 2019
Taha defeated Bruno Silva via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:00 of Round 3 at UFC 243 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
ANALYSIS
It's a second straight stoppage victory for Taha on the heels of his unanimous decision loss to Nad Narimani in July 2018. Taha earned a reputation as a knockout artist prior to his arrival in the UFC, but he has displayed terrific awareness on the mat in his past few bouts. Saturday's finish came via a beautiful arm-triangle after Taha transitioned to side control. He's very strong, a competent striker, and his takedown defense held up in this one. The 27-year-old German is worth keeping an eye on moving forward. He has some potential.
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Fight with Silva moved to Melbourne
BantamweightUFC
August 20, 2019
Taha's (13-2-0) scheduled bantamweight fight with Bruno Silva (11-3-1) was moved Tuesday from UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi to UFC 243 in Melbourne on Oct. 6, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The rationale behind the UFC's decision to push the fight back in the schedule isn't known, but it's possible one of the two fighters requested more time to prepare for the bout. In any event, Taha should be sufficiently rested after having not entered the Octagon since mid-April, when he scored a first-round TKO win over Boston Salmon.
Expected for UFC 242
BantamweightUFC
May 21, 2019
Taha is scheduled to face Bruno Silva on September 7 at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, Guilherme Cruz and Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
Fresh off an easy 25 second victory over Boston Salmon at UFC 236, Taha will take on Brazilian bantamweight Silva in the fall. Taha currently sits with a record of 13-2-0, and usually fights in the featherweight divison. The details of the weights haven't been announced, as Taha's opponent is known to fight in a higher weight class. This could be a huge card, especially considering lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov could headline the night.
Earns first UFC win with stunning KO
BantamweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Taha defeated Boston Salmon via TKO (punches) at 0:25 of Round 1 at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Easy work. Taha earned his first UFC victory in remarkably easy fashion. All it took was one perfectly-placed combination and referee Blake Grice was forced to put an end to the action. It was quite the rebound effort for Taha on the heels of his unanimous decision loss to Nad Narimani in his UFC debut last July. Taha turned 27 years old in February.
Gets long-awaited match with Salmon
BantamweightUFC
March 12, 2019
Taha (12-2-0) is scheduled to face Boston Salmon (6-1-0) in a featherweight fight April 13 at UFC 236 in Atlanta, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The two were initially scheduled to square off last November, but Taha was forced to withdraw from the fight while he continued to recover from a torn ACL. After taking the last few months to heal up, Taha is now apparently back to full strength ahead of what will be his second UFC fight. He made his debut in July 2017 at UFC Fight Night 134, losing in a unanimous decision to Nad Narimani.
Takes unanimous decision loss in UFC debut
BantamweightUFC
July 22, 2018
Taha lost to Nad Narimani via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.
ANALYSIS
Taha had success at various points in this fight, troubling Narimani with his hand speed and power but simply couldn't defend the takedown, an issue which led to the other professional loss of his career in RIZIN in December. Taha is a natural bantamweight, which could explain some of the strength differential we saw in the contest but he will need to stay off his back no matter what weight class he is in so that he can put his striking skills to work.