Nordine Taleb

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Nordine Taleb
BornNordine Taleb
(1981-06-10) June 10, 1981 (age 38)
Saint-Tropez, France[1]
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Middleweight (formerly)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofMontreal, Quebec, Canada
TeamTiger Muay Thai[3]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Firas Zahabi[4]
Years active2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By decision8
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Nordine Taleb (born June 10, 1981) is a French professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2007, he has also competed for Bellator MMA.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Taleb began his professional career with a unanimous decision victory, before losing his next bout via TKO. After a further four victories across Canada, Taleb fought Pete Sell at Ring of Combat 38 for Sell's welterweight championship.[5] Taleb was the much quicker man and was able to move in and out of range quickly, which reduced the amount of strikes he took from Sell.[5] In the second round, Taleb hit Sell with a counter right hand, followed by strikes on the ground. The referee stopped the fight early in the second round and Taleb was declared the ROC Middleweight Champion.[5]


In 2011, Taleb was signed by Bellator and made his debut at Bellator 64 against Matt Secor. Taleb dominated the fight and outclassed Secor enough to be awarded 10-8 rounds by one judge.[6] Taleb was able to take Secor down multiple times and also controlled the stand-up portion of the fight. Taleb won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-24).[6]

Taleb's second fight for Bellator was against Matt MacGrath, which was held as a 180lb. Catchweight bout, due to the fight being contested at short notice.[7] Taleb controlled MacGrath in the opening round, by utilising his reach advantage via straight punches.[7] MacGrath started to come back into the fight in the second round, but was knocked down by a left hand from Taleb. Taleb hit MacGrath with some follow-up shots and was declared the winner via TKO.[7]

Taleb was then entered into the Bellator Season Seven Welterweight Tournament. Taleb's opponent in the quarterfinal was the first-and-only DREAM welterweight champion Marius Žaromskis.[1] Taleb lost via unanimous decision.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In December 2013, it was announced that Taleb was selected as one of the fighters to represent Canada for the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia.[8] In his first fight on the show, Taleb lost to Tyler Manawaroa via unanimous decision after three rounds.

In a rare move, the UFC revealed in March 2014 that Taleb would also appear as a participant on the next season of the show, The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn.[9] Taleb lost his preliminary fight to get into the house against Mike King via decision after a sudden victory round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Despite being announced as a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn, Taleb appeared on the event leading up to its premiere as he faced fellow contestant Vik Grujic at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.[10] He won the bout via unanimous decision.

Taleb faced Li Jingliang on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.[11] He won the fight via split decision and marked a successful return to welterweight.[12]

Taleb was expected to face Cláudio Silva on April 25, 2015 at UFC 186.[13] However, Silva was forced out of the bout with a broken foot and replaced by Chris Clements.[14] Taleb won the fight by unanimous decision.[15]

Taleb faced Warlley Alves on August 1, 2015 at UFC 190.[16] He lost the fight by submission in the second round.[17]

Taleb faced Erick Silva on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196.[18] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[19]

Taleb was expected to face Alan Jouban on July 7, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 90.[20] However, Taleb pulled out of the bout in early June citing an injury.[21]

Taleb faced Santiago Ponzinibbio on February 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 105.[22] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[23]

Taleb was expected to face Emil Weber Meek on 28 May 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109.[24] However, Meek pulled out of the fight on May 12 citing injury.[25] Meek was replaced by promotional newcomer Oliver Enkamp.[26] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[27]

Taleb was expected to face Sultan Aliev on 16 December 2017 at UFC on FOX 26.[28] However, Aliev was removed from the card for undisclosed reasons in early December and was replaced by Danny Roberts.[29] Taleb won the last bout of his contract by knockout in the first round.[30][31] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[32]

Taleb faced Cláudio Silva on 27 May 2018 at UFC Fight Night 130.[33] He lost the fight via a rear-naked choke in the first round.[34]

Taleb faced Sean Strickland on 27 October 2018 at UFC Fight Night 138.[35] He lost the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[36]

Taleb wass scheduled to face Siyar Bahadurzada on 4 May 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy.[37] However, it was reported on April 24, 2019 that Bahadurzada pulled out of the bout citing injury,[38]and he is replaced by newcomer Kyle Prepolec.[39] Taleb won the fight via unanimous decision.[40]

Taleb is scheduled to face Muslim Salikhov on September 7, 2019 at UFC 242.[41]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–6 Kyle Prepolec Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy May 4, 2019 3 5:00 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Loss 14–6 Sean Strickland TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith October 27, 2018 2 3:10 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Loss 14–5 Cláudio Silva Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till May 27, 2018 1 4:31 Liverpool, England
Win 14–4 Danny Roberts KO (head kick and punch) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos December 16, 2017 1 0:59 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Performance of the Night.
Win 13–4 Oliver Enkamp Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 12–4 Santiago Ponzinibbio Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne February 19, 2017 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 12–3 Erick Silva KO (punch) UFC 196 March 5, 2016 2 1:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3 Warlley Alves Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 190 August 1, 2015 2 4:11 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 11–2 Chris Clements Decision (unanimous) UFC 186 April 25, 2015 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 10–2 Li Jingliang Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine October 4, 2014 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 9–2 Vik Grujic Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy April 16, 2014 3 5:00 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Middleweight bout.
Loss 8–2 Marius Žaromskis Decision (unanimous) Bellator 74 September 28, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 8–1 Matt MacGrath TKO (punches) Bellator 67 May 4, 2012 2 2:30 Rama, Ontario, Canada Catchweight (180 lbs) bout.
Win 7–1 Matt Secor Decision (unanimous) Bellator 64 April 6, 2012 3 5:00 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Win 6–1 Pete Sell TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 38 November 28, 2011 2 0:53 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the Ring of Combat Welterweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Szymon Boniecki TKO (punches) UGC 28: Montreal October 1, 2011 1 1:52 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 4–1 John Salgado KO (head kick) Eye of the Tiger June 11, 2011 1 2:50 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 3–1 Chad Cox Decision (unanimous) W-1 MMA 6: New Ground October 23, 2010 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 2–1 Dean Martins TKO (punches) W-1 MMA 4: Bad Blood March 20, 2010 2 2:54 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 1–1 Guillaume DeLorenzi TKO (punches) XMMA 3: Ring Extreme March 14, 2008 3 3:46 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
Win 1–0 Louis-Philippe Carles Decision (unanimous) XMMA 2: Gold Rush November 24, 2007 3 5:00 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada


Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–2 Mike King Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn April 16, 2014 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 19 house entry bout.
Loss 0–1 Tyler Manawaroa Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia February 7, 2014 (airdate) 3 5:00 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Quarter-finals bout.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bellator 74s Nordine Taleb on Marius Zaromskis: "I'll have to knock him out twice"". September 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 190 Rousey vs. Correia". Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "TMT Fighters Mairbek Taisumov & Nordine Taleb will head to Sweden for UFC Fight Night - Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp, Phuket, Thailand". Tiger Muay Thai. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  4. ^ Jeremy Brand (May 4, 2015). "Firas Zahabi promotes Nordine Taleb, Francis Carmont and Desmond Green".
  5. ^ a b c "DeBlass, Audinwood, Taurus among title winners at ROC 38". November 19, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Ben Askren retains welterweight crown; Sandro, Marx, Nakamura advance at Bellator 64". April 6, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "Chandler blasts Gono in 56 seconds at Bellator 67; Baker advances to final". May 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "Report: TUF Nations cast announced". December 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "TUF: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn revealed". 2014-03-25. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  10. ^ Keith Grienke. "Taleb to Face Grujic on TUF Finale". Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  11. ^ Staff (2014-08-11). "Nordine Taleb-Jingliang Li Welterweight Bout Added to Oct. 4 UFC Fight Night in Halifax". Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  12. ^ Staff (2015-10-05). "'The Leech' suffers split decision loss against Nordine Taleb". Retrieved 2014-10-05.
  13. ^ Don Wilson. "Taleb added to UFC 186". Retrieved 2015-01-22.
  14. ^ Keith Grienke (March 24, 2015). "Taleb To Get Menaced By Clements At UFC 186". Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  15. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-04-25). "UFC 186 results: Nordine Taleb cruises past Chris Clements for scorecard sweep". Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  16. ^ Staff (2015-06-10). "Warlley Alves vs. Nordine Taleb official for UFC 190". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  17. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-08-01). "UFC 190 results: Warlley Alves taps Nordine Taleb with second-round guillotine". Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  18. ^ Staff (2016-01-13). "Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb joins recently announced UFC 196 lineup". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  19. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-03-05). "UFC 196 results: Nordine Taleb leaves Erick Silva out cold in second". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  20. ^ Jordan Breen (2016-05-02). "Alan Jouban to face Nordine Taleb at July 7 UFC Fight Night 90". Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  21. ^ Staff (2016-06-07). "Nordine Taleb injured, UFC seeks opponent for Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 90". Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  22. ^ Cody Rempel (2016-12-15). "Theodorou, Taleb and Ricci Added to UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  23. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-02-19). "UFC Fight Night 105 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio scores unanimous win over Nordine Taleb". Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  24. ^ Staff (2017-04-07). "Emil Meek vs. Nordine Taleb set for UFC Fight Night 109". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  25. ^ Staff (2017-05-12). "Emil Meek says he's out of UFC Fight Night 109 fight with Nordine Taleb in Sweden". Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  26. ^ Ashah Tafari (2017-05-12). "Oliver Enkamp ready for UFC Stockholm - replaces Emil "Valhalla" Meek" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  27. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Nordine Taleb spoils Oliver Enkamp's debut with sound victory". Retrieved 2017-05-28.
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  29. ^ Peter Carroll (2017-12-04). "Several changes announced for UFC on FOX 26". Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  30. ^ Jay Anderson (2017-12-16). "UFC Winnipeg Results: Nordine Taleb Ends Danny Roberts' Night Early". Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  31. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-12-17). "Free agent Nordine Taleb's UFC on FOX 26 KO win might be last at welterweight, but not in UFC".
  32. ^ a b "UFC on FOX 26 bonuses: Julian Marquez, Darren Stewart awarded for back-and-forth brawl". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  33. ^ Themistoklis Alexis (29 May 2018). "Taleb meets returning Claudio Silva at UFC Liverpool in May". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  34. ^ "UFC Fight Night 130 results: Claudio Silva returns after nearly four years away, stuns Nordine Taleb in first". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  35. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-08-10). "Welterweight clash between Nordine Taleb and Sean Strickland during UFC Moncton" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  36. ^ "UFC Fight Night 138 Prelims: Sean Strickland Pounds Out Nordine Taleb". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  37. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-03-04). "Nordine Taleb vs. Siyar Bahadurzada added to UFC Ottawa" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-03-04.
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  39. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-04-28). "Kyle Prepolec replaces Siyar Bahadurzada against Nordine Taleb during UFC Ottawa" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  40. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2019-05-04). "UFC Ottawa Results: Nordine Taleb Takes Decision Against Kyle Prepolec". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  41. ^ DNA, MMA. "Nordine Taleb treft Muslim Salikhov tijdens UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  42. ^ "Nordine Taleb MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-28.

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