Welcome to the UFC: Muslim Salikhov
After initial reports from MMA Today, on October 19, our very own Denis Geyko confirmed the official signing of Muslim Salikhov (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who will fight Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at UFC Fight Night Shanghai November 25th.
“King of Kung Fu”
From Makhachkala, Russia
Trains out of Fighting Eagle
Wushu Sanda World Champion
How I see Muslim Salikhov doing in the UFC:
Salikhov is a master at utilizing the spinning attack, although for many fighters it can be very overused. Salikhov does it so well, though, as proven by his many wins with spinning kicks and backfists. Salikhov is dynamic with his kickboxing and frequently attacks his opponent everywhere, mixing up his shot selection beautifully. Salikhov, 33, is not slowing down at all in his career and a matter of fact, he seems to only be getting better. Salikhov deserves to be in the UFC as he is a high-level athlete. Looking at the rankings in the top 15 of the Welterweight division, I can see Salikhov easily beating Neil Magny, Dong Hyun Kim, and Alex Oliveira. I’m not saying Salikhov is a future title contender but I do think he can make some noise in the division.
How I see Muslim Salikhov matching up with Alex Garcia:
I don’t think Garcia is as bad as some people put him out to be, he hits very hard and is an exceptional wrestler. Garcia though has problems with his gas tank and being so good with his wrestling and with the power in his hands, his size is a problem as he has trouble closing the distance on his opponents. Salikhov is too good at range and this matchup against Garcia is perfect. I don’t think it will be a quick knockout like some do but I think it will be a dominant performance from Salikhov.
Watch these two square off on November 25th at Marcedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China for UFC Fight Night 122 (UFC Shanghai). The card is headlined by the #6-ranked Middleweight and living-legend Anderson Silva, who will take on the young and hungry #8-ranked Kelvin Gastelum.