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Welterweight Division


"King of Kung Fu"

Muslim Salikhov

Welterweight Division

20-5-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Muslim Salikhov

athlete record


Learn more about Muslim Salikhov's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Trains at
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov School
Octagon Debut
Nov. 25, 2017
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2011
  • Thirteen wins by KO, two by submission (2 Arm Triangle)
  • Thirteen first round finishes
  • Has won 17 of his last 22 and seven of his last 10
  • Scored knockouts over UFC vets Ivan Jorge and Melvin Guillard
  • Has reported 185-13-1 (76 KOs) kickboxing record
  • Only non-Chinese fighter to win the Wushu Sanda King’s Cup

UFC on ESPN (7/13/24) Salikhov won a three round split decision over Santiago Ponzinibbio

UFC Fight Night (2/3/24) Salikhov was knocked out by Randy Brown at 3:17 of the first round 

UFC on ESPN (6/17/23) Salikhov lost a three round unanimous decision to Nicolas Dalby 

UFC Fight Night (11/19/22) Salikhov stopped Andre Fialho via strikes at 1:03 of the third round 

UFC on ABC (7/16/22) Salikhov was stopped by Li Jingliang via strikes at 4:38 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (6/5/21) Salikhov won a three round unanimous decision over Francisco Trinaldo

UFC 251 (7/12/20) Salikhov won a three round split decision over Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos

UFC Fight Night (10/26/19) Salikhov won a three round unanimous decision over Laureano Staropoli

UFC 242 (9/7/19) Salikhov knocked out Nordine Taleb at 4:26 of the first round

UFC on FOX (4/14/18) Salikhov knocked out Ricky Rainey at 3:56 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (11/25/17) Salikhov was submitted by Alex Garcia via rear naked choke at 3:22 of the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was kid, Because I didn’t want to get my ass get kicked in the streets of Dagestan. 

What professional titles have you held? Master of sports of Russia in 4 different types of martial arts. 

Any accomplishments in amateur combat sports? Five-time world champion, champion of the Olympic Games in the demonstration discipline in Beijing in 2008. Combat Games Champion. World Games Champion. Multiple-time Russian champion. 

Any belts/ ranks in grappling disciplines? Purple belt in BJJ 

Any belts/ ranks in striking disciplines? 5th Dan in Wushu 

What has been your toughest fight to date and why? I think the most difficult and intense fight was against Nicolas Dalby. These were three very good rounds with mutual successes. Dalby had a good game plan that he followed well.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Two higher education degrees

What was your job before you started fighting? Fighting was always my job.

Personal Life / Background: Married with three children. I love football (soccer); I love to play myself and watch matches of big teams.