|Born||Muslim Magomedovich Salikhov
June 9, 1984
Makhachkala, Dagestan ASSR, USSR
|Other names||King of Kung Fu|
|Residence||Buynaksk, Dagestan , Russia|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st) (walking-weight)
|Style||Wushu Sanda, Kung Fu|
|Fighting out of||Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia
Pyat storon sveta
American Top Team
|Rank||Honored Master of Sports in Wushu Sanda
Master of Sports in Complex Martial Arts
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|2005 Hanoi||80 kg|
|2007 Beijing||85 kg|
|2009 Toronto||85 kg|
|2011 Ankara||80 kg|
|2013 Kuala Lumpur||80 kg|
|2015 Jakarta||80 kg|
|World Combat Games|
|2013 St. Peterburg||80 kg|
Muslim Magomedovich Salikhov (Kumyk: Muslim Salih Muhammatnı ulanı; Russian: Муслим Магоме́дович Салихов, 9 June 1984 in Makhachkala) is a Kumyk Dagestani-born Russian heavyweight Sanshou kickboxer and mixed martial artist. His name can be written as Salikhov Muslim or Muslim Salihov. A multiple Wushu Sanda world champion and along Hossein Ojaghi he is the only non-chinese person that won the Wushu Sanda King's Cup.
Salikhov faced Liu Hailong who held the title "King of Sanda" at the 2003 World Wushu Championships in Macau. Both were evenly matched, with Liu Hailong declared the winner. Salikhov was the Sanshou champion at the 2004 European Wushu Championships held in Moscow and he became the World Champion in 2005. Muslim Salikhov is often acknowledged as one of the best Wushu Sanda competitors in history.
In February 2006, he participated in the first international "King of Sanda" tournament in Chongqing and became the first non-Chinese to win the title, making European Wushu Federation arguably the strongest continental Wushu federation of the world. He again won the world title in 2007 and 2009, also the gold medal at Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008. Salikhov was once again the champion at the 2011 World Wushu Championships.
Mixed martial arts
Salikhov made his professional MMA debut in July 2011. Over the next year and a half, he earned a record of two wins and one loss.
Beginning in 2015, Salikhov fought for various regional promotions in China and Russia. He has fought seven times over the last two years, again remaining undefeated in this run with six of the sevens wins coming via knockout.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||13 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||13–2||Alex Garcia||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum||November 25, 2017||2||3:22||Shanghai, China|
|Win||13–1||Melvin Guillard||KO (spinning hook kick)||Kunlun Fight MMA 12||June 1, 2017||1||1:33||Yantai, China||Catchweight (181 lbs); Guillard missed weight.|
|Win||12–1||Akoundou Epelet Evy Johannes||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||International Pro Fighting Championship: YunFeg Showdown||May 25, 2017||1||3:23||Shandong, China|
|Win||11–1||Ivan Jorge||KO (spinning back kick)||Kunlun Fight: Cage Fight Series 6||October 21, 2016||1||1:04||Yiwu, China|
|Win||10–1||Gang Zhang||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Superstar Fight 3||May 21, 2016||1||0:00||Harbin, China|
|Win||9–1||Artem Shokalo||KO (spinning back kick)||Cage Fighting: Dagestan||April 2, 2016||1||2:31||Makhachkala, Russia|
|Win||8–1||Kurbanjiang Tuluosibake||TKO (spinning back kick and punches)||Bullets Fly Fighting Championship 3||January 16, 2016||1||0:18||Hebei, China||Catchweight (174 lbs) bout.|
|Win||7–1||Tsuyoshi Yamashita||TKO (punches)||W.I.N. Fighting Championship||July 18, 2015||1||N/A||Guangdong, China|
|Win||6–1||Gele Qing||KO (punches)||CKF World Federation: Zhong Wu Ultimate Fighting||April 18, 2015||1||3:50||Beijing, China|
|Win||5–1||Victor Sckoteski||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire||November 25, 2014||1||3:05||Beijing, China|
|Win||4–1||Filip Kotarlic||KO (punch)||M-1 Global: M-1 Challenge 44||November 30, 2013||1||3:05||Tula, Russia||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||3–1||Deyan Topalski||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 38: Spring Battle||April 9, 2013||3||5:00||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||2–1||Kris Hocum||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Beirut Elite Fighting Championship: First Blood||December 15, 2012||1||1:40||Beirut, Lebanon|
|Win||2–0||Dankao Sakda||KO (punch)||Top of the Forbidden City 4||August 19, 2011||1||6:56||Beijing, China|
|Win||1–0||Wang Hong Tao||TKO (arm injury)||Top of the Forbidden City 2||July 22, 2011||1||0:51||Beijing, China|
185 wins (76 KOs), 13 losses, 1 Draws
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