Khalid Taha
The Warrior

Germany

Facing Morozov in July
BantamweightUFC
April 9, 2021
Taha will fight Sergey Morozov in a bantamweight bout July 17 at a UFC event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Taha lost to Raoni Barcelos via unanimous decision in November during his last time in the Octagon, and he's searching for his first victory since April 2019. Morozov made his UFC debut in January and was defeated by Umar Nurmagomedov via technical submission (rear-naked choke).
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Falls short in thrilling brawl
BantamweightUFC
November 7, 2020
Taha lost to Raoni Barcelos via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC on ESPN+ 40 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Taha ate several big leg kicks early and was even taken off his feet by a few. He got backed up into the cage and ate a few knees, but exploded forward witha counter to gain some respect. Barcelos took the fight to the ground after that and passed guard with ease, but Taha brilliantly reversed position. He was forced to defend submissions from top positions and eventually let Barcelos back up. The two both landed several more shots before the bell. The two kept up the action in Round 2, but Taha absorbed a groin kick that halted the proceedings. That definitely didn't stop the momentum of Barcelos, who continued to succeed with kicks and widen his gap in the striking total. Taha ate a massive left knee in the final moments and was nearly put away, but was ultimately saved by the bell. The kicks really started to wear Taha down in Round 3, as Barcelos seemed to be picking his activity. After eating more kicks he was taken to the mat, but escaped by initiating a scramble. Knowing he was behind on the scorecards, Taha pressed forward with power shots. He couldn't connect despite some wild flurries in the end, and ultimately didn't do enough to get the nod from the judges. Still, Taha didn't drop a ton of stock here, and at 28 years old, there's plenty of time to get back in the mix of a crowded 135-pound division. At the very least, he'll go home with a $50,000 bonus after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Gets new opponent
BantamweightUFC
October 28, 2020
Taha will now take on Raoni Barcelos in a bantamweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Nov. 7 in Las Vegas, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Taha was initially scheduled to take on Jack Shore on the Nov. 7 card, but Shore was removed from the matchup due to visa issues. Taha will make his return to the Octagon after serving a one-year suspension due to a failed drug test. He most recently defeated Bruno Silva via submission (arm-triangle choke) at UFC 243 in October as he's showcased his striking to begin his time with the promotion. Barcelos is also coming off a long layoff after his fight scheduled for late March was called off due to COVID-19 concerns. He's coming off eight consecutive wins, most recently defeating Said Nurmagomedov via unanimous decision in December. The fighters are even in height, while Taha carries a slight advantage in reach.
Books first fight post-suspension
BantamweightUFC
September 28, 2020
Taha will return to the Octagon to take on Jack Shore in a bantamweight matchup scheduled for Nov. 7 in Las Vegas, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After taking a loss to Nad Narimani in his UFC debut, Taha won both fights he was booked for in 2019, but doubt was casted over his October victory over Bruno Silva after he tested for a banned diuretic afterwards. He's since agreed to a one-year suspension and will be back in action almost immediately after regaining his eligibility to do so. Awaiting him is a tough prospect in Shore, who is three inches taller with a two-inch reach advantage. Taha has done little outside of striking in his first three appearances, but Shore holds statistically superior offensive and defensive marks (albeit through a small sample size). Shoe is also relentless in his wrestling -- with seven takedowns and 15 advances in two fights -- which could be an issue for Taha and his 63 percent takedown defense.
Accepts one year suspension
BantamweightUFC
December 23, 2019
Taha was suspended from the UFC for one year after receiving results of a failed drug test Monday, Steven Marrocco of mmafighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Taha took a drug test after winning a match against Bruno Silva back at UFC 243 and tested positive for diuretic furosemide. His suspension is retroactive to his last pay-per-view fight back on Oct. 6 and so the 27-year-old will be eligible to return to the octagon starting Oct. 7 of 2020.
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.