Date: Saturday 25th November, 12pm (UK)
Location: Shanghai, China
Venue: Mercedes Benz Arena
Many fans have been desperate to see Muslim Salikhov in the UFC and his chance has finally come as he meets Alex Garcia to kick off the main card in Shanghai. Salikhov is a world champion in Sanshou which is the art of Chinese kickboxing and has amassed a breathtaking Kickboxing record of 185-13-1.
The Russian just loves to fight; whilst remaining active on the Kickboxing circuit he has been competing in MMA since 2011 with great success, only losing once which came in his third fight. His pedigree has transitioned majestically over to MMA with 10 spectacular knockouts in his 12 wins and hopes to add an eleventh with the scalp of Garcia.
The Dominican Republic native is a significant step-up in competition and although he is not in the same league as Salikhov in terms of striking ability, he is very well-rounded and his vast MMA experience competing with UFC calibre fighters for nearly four years will give him confidence against the promotional newcomer.
The key stat in the statistical breakdown is Salikhov’s form as the Russian has not only won his last 10 fights, he has blasted through his opponents, whereas Garcia has suffered his first three professional losses in his last five fights.
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.