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UFC Vegas 65 video: Muslim Salikhov blasts Andre Fialho with spinning back kick leading to standing knockout

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Muslim Salikhov is well known for his creative offense and this showed up during his knockout win over Andre Fialho at UFC Vegas 65.

Nothing came easy after Fialho flew out of the net, but the “King of Kung Fu” was ready to contend with him punch for punch, and in the second round the momentum changed dramatically. Salikhov unloaded a lot of roundhouse shots to the head and body, and split Fialho with hard shots in every combination.

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The end came when Salikhov landed a roundhouse kick to Fialho’s head, causing the Portuguese fighter to nearly wobble at the cage. Salikhov kept throwing punches until the referee stepped in to save Fialho from further damage, with the official stoppage coming at 1:03 of the third round.

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“I feel good,” Salikhov said of the win. “He hit me in the first round with a good left eye and I see he has two Andre Fialhos instead of one. After that, in the second round, I saw that he was tired, and I was ready to fight five rounds. In the second round, I’m not nervous, I’m just looking for my chance to finish the fight.

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“I can be much better. I just changed teams, training with American Top Team. I have the best coach in ‘King’ Mo [Lawal]. I’m ready for the big fights.”

For a moment early in the fight, Fialho looked like he was heading for a knockout victory after he caught Salikhov with a well-timed punch that immediately put a mouse under his left eye. As Salikhov continued to favor his eye, Fialho wanted to take advantage of this but was unable to complete his job.

At the beginning of the second round, Salikhov simply went on the attack and uncorked all kinds of blows that made Fialho guess. A roundhouse kick to the body actually knocked Fialho down in the third, but he managed to get back on his feet.

It was then that Salikhov began the final fight with another roundhouse kick – this time to the head – and did not stop striking until the fight was over.

Salikhov remains a versatile fighter every time he steps into the octagon, and he seems to be even more confident now that he has a new team behind him.



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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