Muslim Salikhov wants Li Jingliang after highlight-reel KO of Nordine Taleb at UFC 242

ABU DHABI – Muslim Salikhov beat Nordine Taleb with a first-round knockout Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.

Take a look inside the fight with Salikhov, who was fighting for the first time in 17 months after a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension.

Result: Muslim Salikhov def. Nordine Taleb via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:26

Updated records: Salikhov (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Taleb (15-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC) (KO1)

Key stat: Salikhov has 14 of his 15 career wins by stoppage, including a dozen knockouts.

Salikhov on the fight’s key moment

“I knew when I hit him, it had a good chance of finishing the fight. The referee stopped me, so I knew it was good.”

Salikhov on getting another first-round finish

“I try to finish all my fights inside the first round. If you look at my record I’ve won all my fights in the first round so I was ready for that.”

Salikhov on what he wants next

“I don’t care who is next – I will take anyone. Maybe Li Jingliang from China. He’s a good fighter. He’s a star in China. I’m very popular in China, so it will be a good fight.”

To hear more from Salikhov, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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