Welcome to the UFC: Khalid Taha
With the UFC coming to Hamburg, Germany July 22nd the event currently holds eleven fights and there is a possibility of one or two more bouts being added. On June 27th, German prospect Khalid Taha went to Instagram to announce his signing with the UFC.
Als ich vor 6 Jahren mit MMA angefangen habe, war mein einziges Ziel, verdient in der UFC zu kämpfen. Ich habe hart gearbeitet und hatte mein Ziel immer vor Augen. Nie hatte ich Zweifel, dass Gott mir diesen Wunsch erfüllen wird. Habe jetzt genau innerhalb von einem Jahr 2 mal bei Rizin gekämpft und einmal bei Brave. Ich hatte meine Familie und Freunde als Stärkung, die immer an mich geglaubt haben. Heute freue ich mich euch mitteilen zu dürfen, dass wir es gemeinsam geschafft haben und ich so Gott will bei der UFC kämpfen werde. Ich danke jedem einzelnen und wie immer verspreche ich euch, dass ich den Sieg mit nach Hause bringe. 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
A date and opponent is yet to be released.
Trains out of Arena Dortmund
3 Submissions (2 Rear-Naked Chokes, tap to strikes)
How will Khalid Taha fare in the UFC:
Khalid Taha has some things to work on like his takedown defense, even though his ability to get back up to his feet with pure strength or just scrambling ability is very good it’s better to not be down there in the first place. Sometimes he is a bit too wild on the feet, and if he would tighten up his offense he would land a lot more. He sometimes throws one attack at a time, and with very heavy hands and chopping kicks it would be incredibly dangerous if he put all those tools together in combinations. Despite some gaps, he is a very good fighter, he’s got natural power, robust kicks, very scrappy scrambling, and at times solid wrestling. Taha is a very able counter striker, he throws from all angles and makes it difficult for his opponents to hang out in the pocket, which causes a lot of his opponents to rush into grappling range. Taha still needs to work on things and I believe he could have taken a few more fights before signing to the UFC but at only 25 he has a high ceiling.
Who should Khalid Taha face in his debut:
I think a fight with Hawaiian Dan Ige and Taha makes a lot of sense. Both these guys together make a great stylistic matchup and a possible fight of the night. Ige is 1-1 in the UFC with his loss coming to Julio Arce and his win coming against Mike Santiago this past June. Ige got a fifty-second submission victory so he should be ready to go. Put this on the Hamburg card in June and that’s an awesome hometown fighter bout.