Muslim Salikhov

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Muslim Salikhov
Муслим Салихов
Born Muslim Magomedovich Salikhov
(1984-06-09) June 9, 1984 (age 31)
Makhachkala, Dagestan ASSR, USSR
Other names King of Kung Fu[1][2]
Nationality Russian
Ethnicity Kumyk
Weight 85 kg (187 lb; 13.4 st)
Style Sanshou
Rank International Master of Sports in Sanshou
blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Muslim Salikhov
Medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Wushu Sanda
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Hanoi 80 kg
Gold medal – first place 2007 Beijing 85 kg
Gold medal – first place 2009 Toronto 85 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Ankara 80 kg
Silver medal – second place 2013 Kuala Lumpur 80 kg
World Combat Games
Gold medal – first place 2013 St. Peterburg 80 kg

Muslim Magomedovich Salikhov (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.

Sports career[edit]


Salikhov faced Liu Hailong who held the title "King of Sanda" at 2003 World Wushu Championships in Macau. Both were evenly matched, with Liu Hailong declared the winner.[3] Salikhov was the Sanshou champion at 2004 European Wushu Championships held in Moscow and he became the World Champion in 2005.[4]

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.[5] He again won the world title in 2007[4] and 2009,[6] also the gold medal at Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008. Salikhov was once again the champion at the 2011 World Wushu Championships.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

By early 2013, Salikhov signed with M-1 Global, preparing with Phuket Top Team for his mixed martial arts debut.[7][8]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3-1 Victor Sckoteski ТКО M-1 Global - M-1 Challenge 52 November 25, 2014 1 4:27 Beijing, China
Win 2-1 Filip Kotarlic KO (Punch) M-1 Global - M-1 Challenge 44 November 30, 2013 1 3:05 Tula, Russia
Win 1-1 Deyan Topalski Decision (Unanimous) M-1 Challenge 38 - Spring Battle April 9, 2013 3 5:00 St. Peterburg, Russia
Lost 0-1 Kris Hocum Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Beirut Elite Fighting Championship - First Blood December 15, 2012 1 1:40 Beirut, Lebanon