Muslim Salikhov

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Muslim Salikhov
Муслим Салихов
BornMuslim Magomedovich Salikhov
(1984-06-09) June 9, 1984 (age 36)
Makhachkala, Dagestan ASSR, USSR
Other namesKing of Kung Fu[1]
ResidenceBuynaksk, Dagestan, Russia
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Reach69 12 in (177 cm)[1]
StyleSanda, Changquan, Kickboxing, Shuai Jiao
Fighting out ofKhasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia
TeamBerkut FC[2]
American Top Team[3]
RankHonored Master of Sports in Wushu Sanda[4]
Master of Sports in Complex Martial Arts[4]
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2011–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout76
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout12
By submission2
By decision3
By submission2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Muslim Salikhov
Medal record
Representing  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
Gold medal – first place 2015 Jakarta 80 kg
World Games
Silver medal – second place 2009 Kaohsiung 85 kg
World Combat Games
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Beijing 85 kg
Gold medal – first place 2013 St. Peterburg 80 kg
Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing 85 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 Sanda kickboxer and mixed martial artist. His name can be written as Salikhov Muslim or Muslim Salihov. A multiple time Wushu Sanda world champion, Salikhov occupies a place alongside Hossein Ojaghi as one of only two non-Chinese athletes to have won the Wushu Sanda King's Cup.


Wushu Sanda[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] He again won the world title in 2007[6] and 2009,[8] 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]

Early career[edit]

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.

M-1 Global[edit]

By early 2013, Salikhov signed with M-1 Global, preparing with Phuket Top Team for his mixed martial arts debut.[9][10] He fought three times for the promotion, going undefeated during this run.

Other promotions[edit]

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.

Salikhov notched his biggest win to date when he earned a victory over UFC and Bellator vet Melvin Guillard by spinning hook kick.[11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On 19 October 2017 Salikhov signed with the UFC.[12]

In his debut for the promotion, Salikhov faced Alex Garcia on November 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 122.[13] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.[14]

Salikhov faced Abdul Razak Alhassan on 14 April 2018 on UFC on FOX 29.[15] However, Alhassan was pulled from the card, citing injury, and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Ricky Rainey.[16] He won the fight via technical knock out in round two.[17]

On July 20, 2018, Salikhov was notified of a potential doping violation by USADA from an out-of-competition sample collected on June 7, 2018.[18] On March 4, 2019 Salikhov was cleared of USADA suspension as USADA cannot determine if Salikhov had ingested oral Turinabol a year before he was signed to the UFC and entered the USADA drug-testing program.[19]

Salikhov faced Nordine Taleb on September 7, 2019 at UFC 242.[20] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[21] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[22]

Salikhov faced Laureano Staropoli on October 26, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 20.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Salikhov was expected to face Niko Price on April 11, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris.[25] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed and pairing scrapped.[26]

Salikhov faced Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on July 11, 2020 at UFC 251.[27] He won the fight via a split decision.[28]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 17 wins 2 losses
By knockout 12 0
By submission 2 2
By decision 3 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 17–2 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Decision (split) UFC 251 July 12, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 16–2 Laureano Staropoli Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren October 26, 2019 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 15–2 Nordine Taleb KO (punch) UFC 242 September 7, 2019 1 4:26 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Performance of the Night.
Win 14–2 Ricky Rainey KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 2 3:56 Glendale, Arizona, United States
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) bout; 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 4:27 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


Kickboxing and sanda record (incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing record (incomplete)


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