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Peso welter Division


"King of Kung Fu"

Muslim Salikhov

Peso welter Division

19-3-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


First Round Finishes

Muslim Salikhov

athlete record


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

Trains at
Team Salikhov
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 19 and six of his last seven
  • 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 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 ranks and titles have you held? I’m a five-time Wushu Sanda world champion, Olympic Sanda tournament (2008 Beijing) champion, Combat Games sport accord champion, European Sanda champion 

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? After achieving all the titles I could achieve in kickboxing, UFC became my main goal. 

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 

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Around 200 pro kickboxing, Muay Thai and Sanda matches

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Honored Master of Sports in Wushu Sanda, Master of Sports in Complex Martial Arts, BJJ blue belt 

Favorite grappling technique: Arm triangle 

Favorite Striking technique: Spinning back kick