Muslim Salikhov
King of Kung Fu

Russia

Brings winning streak to five
WelterweightUFC
June 6, 2021
Salikhov defeated Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Vegas 28 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
While Round 2 was dead even in significant strikes, most judges and media members seemed to give Salikhov a clean sweep of the card. He even survived a bad eye poke in Round 3, but with his vision most likely impaired, Salikhov turned to his wrestling to get two takedowns to seal the fight. While Salikhov comes from an area of the world famous for grappling, the "King of Kung Fu" has built a five-fight winning streak largely on the back of his striking. This multi-dimensional ability will come in handy when he gets a step up in competition, which should be in the immediate future.
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Back to fighting June 5
WelterweightUFC
May 27, 2021
Salikhov will end fighting Francisco Trinaldo at the UFC event on June 5, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Salikhov's fight against Trinaldo was originally scheduled to take place June 5 until the UFC mistakenly made an announcement saying it was pushed back two weeks later. The two were always set to meet on the fifth as Salikhov looks to pull out a win in his first bout since July.
Bout pushed back two weeks
WelterweightUFC
May 17, 2021
Salikhov's welterweight bout against Francisco Trinaldo will now take place on June 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
It's not clear exactly why the fight was pushed back two weeks. Salikhov had to withdraw from two fights since he caught COVID-19 last September. He will be looking to go to 18-2 in his professional career.
Returning to action
WelterweightUFC
March 24, 2021
Salikhov (illness) is set to face Francisco Trinaldo in a welterweight fight at the UFC's event on June 5, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Salikhov has withdrawn from two fights since coming down with COVID-19 last September, and dealing with lingering issues related to the illness. Now evidently back to full health, he'll face the task of taking on Salikhov, who is making his debut at welterweight.
Withdraws from another fight
WelterweightUFC
December 15, 2020
Salikhov withdrew from his upcoming fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio due to health issues, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The issues stem from a previous battle with COVID-19, an illness he came down with back in September. That presumably also explains why Salikhov had been forced to withdraw from a fight against Claudio Silva back in October. Ponzinibbio should still get a chance to remain on the card against a new opponent, as the pair hadn't been scheduled to meet until Jan. 16.
Paired against Santiago Ponzinibbio
WelterweightUFC
November 3, 2020
Salikhov (undisclosed) is expected to face Santiago Ponzinibbio on Jan. 16, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Salikhov withdrew from a scheduled for against Claudio Silva in October for undisclosed reasons, but he's evidently now ready to fight again. He'll be looking to extend his winning streak to five against a fighter looking to extend his own winning streak to eight. Whether or not Ponzinibbio is the same fighter he was during that streak remains to be seen, however, has he's been out of the Octagon since November of 2018 due to a battle with a staph infection.