Nordine Taleb
Joins card at UFC Ottawa
WelterweightUFC
March 4, 2019
Taleb will fight Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Ottawa on May 4.
ANALYSIS
Taleb hasn't fought since October, but that was a loss to Sean Strickland via TKO (punches) at UFC Fight Night so he's had plenty of time to let the loss motivate him. He'll enter the Octagon against Bahadurzada, who is coming off a loss in December to Curtis Millender that left him with a medical suspension for possible fractures in his jaw and left knee, but has been cleared by a physician and will be ready to go in May.
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Falls in the second round at UFC Moncton
WelterweightUFC
October 27, 2018
Taleb lost to Sean Strickland via TKO (punches) at 3:10 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick.
ANALYSIS
Taleb had a solid first round. Strickland was coming forward and throwing a ton of strikes. Taleb was able to control the distance and land his power strikes. However, in the second round, Strickland was able to close the distance. He stepped forward and dropped Taleb twice in the round. From the top position, he continued to throw strikes and finished the fight. Taleb has now dropped back-to-back fights in the UFC.
Draws Sean Strickland for UFC Moncton
WelterweightUFC
August 10, 2018
Taleb will fight Sean Strickland in a welterweight matchup at UFC Moncton on Oct. 27 at the Moncton Events Centre, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Taleb (14-5) is 6-3 inside the Octagon. His most recent fight ended in a loss via first-round submission to Claudio Silva at UFC Liverpool. Strickland (19-3), who is also 6-3 in the UFC, lost his most recent fight as well. He was knocked out in the first round by Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC 224. Taleb will concede two inches in reach to Strickland, but owns the statistical edge in both striking differential and takedown average.
Loses via rear-naked choke in Round 1 in England
WelterweightUFC
May 27, 2018
Taleb was defeated by Claudio Silva via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:31 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.
ANALYSIS
Early in the fight it was clear Taleb had no interest in going to the ground with Silva. He had the advantage standing and easily shrugged off takedown attempts by Silva. He also caught a few low kicks and threw Silva to the ground, but did not follow into the Brazlian's guard. Eventually, Taleb was taken to the ground. It was at that point that the Frenchman made a tactical error by dropping to Silva's leg to attempt a submission. Taleb turned the wrong way as he tried to lock it in which allowed "Hannibal" to land good ground and pound and get to mount. From mount, Silva rained down fists and elbows before taking Taleb's back and locking in a body triangle. Ultimately Silva locked in a rear-naked choke and finished the fight towards the end of the first round.
Smashes Danny Roberts in 59 seconds Saturday
WelterweightUFC
December 16, 2017
Taleb defeated Danny Roberts via KO (strikes) at 0:59 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday in Winnipeg.
ANALYSIS
Not bad for a guy that has struggled to finish fights over the course of his UFC career. Taleb has been criticized on more than one occasion for fighting at a slow, methodical pace, but he has also proven that he has the ability to end fights in an instant. The Canadian is in an interesting spot moving forward. Taleb is far too old (36) to be considered a prospect, but he has proven to be a valuable member of the UFC roster. Saturday was perhaps his most impressive moment since debuting with the company in April 2014. Taleb earned a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Gains new opponent for UFC Winnipeg
WelterweightUFC
December 14, 2017
Taleb will now face Danny Roberts in a welterweight fight at UFC on Fox 26 in Winnipeg, Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Taleb was scheduled to fight Sultan Aliev, but dual injuries to Aliev and Roberts' opponent inspired the new matchup for the event. The 36-year-old has a 13-4 career record with six KO/TKO wins. His last outing was a unanimous decision win over Oliver Enkamp in May.