Nordine Taleb

Canada

Gets stopped in dramatic fashion
WelterweightUFC
September 7, 2019
Taleb lost to Muslim Salikhov via KO (punch) at 4:26 of Round 1 at UFC 242 in The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Taleb operates best when fighters give him time to establish his kicking game, but he got no such joy from Sailikhov, who cut off the cage expertly and got his opponent backing up before finding the one-shot kill. Taleb entered the UFC with a decent amount of fanfare, but he has now been stopped by strikes in two of his last three fights, which may be an indicator that fighters are starting to figure him out. He falls to 15-7 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Added to UFC Abu Dhabi
WelterweightUFC
June 4, 2019
Taleb will square off against Muslim Salikhov at UFC Abu Dhabi on Sept. 9, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
Taleb bounced back from a pair of losses to take home his sixth UFC victory since joining the circuit in early May versus Kyle Prepolec. He will carry a 15-6-0 record into his fight with Muslim Salikohov, who earned his first career UFC victory in at UFC on Fox 29 via KO against Ricky Rainey. Taleb carries a four-inch reach and two-inch height advantage into the octagon.
Easily handles Kyle Prepolec
WelterweightUFC
May 4, 2019
Taleb defeated Kyle Prepolec via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Ottawa.
ANALYSIS
Easy work. Taleb hasn't exactly been a picture of consistency during his time with the UFC, but he was easily able to get by his late-notice replacement in Prepolec. Taleb got off to a bit of a slow start before battering Prepolec in Rounds 2 and 3. Taleb landed 65 total strikes over the course of the final 10 minutes compared to just 30 from the debuting Canadian. Taleb is 3-3 in his last six bouts dating back to February 2017.
Gets new opponent at UFC Ottawa
WelterweightUFC
April 28, 2019
Taleb will now take on Kyle Prepolec at UFC Ottawa on May 4, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Taleb was originally booked to face Siyar Bahadurzada, but he was forced to withdraw earlier this week due to a knee injury. Fortunately for Taleb, it didn't take long for the promotion to find a replacement in UFC newcomer Prepolec. Prepolec enters next week's fight as a 165-point champion in the Ontario-based promotion BTC, and he was emerged victorious in four of his last five bouts.
Appears to need new opponent
WelterweightUFC
April 24, 2019
Taleb may be in need of a new opponent for his scheduled March 4 bout at UFC Ottawa, as his original opponent, Siyar Bahadurzada, announced via a personal Facebook post that he is withdrawing due to injury.
ANALYSIS
Taleb had been looking to get back on track from a two-fight losing streak, but now it appears the promotion will be left searching for a replacement on only 10 days' notice. It's possible the fight is simply moved to a later date, though Taleb likely doesn't have a ton of negotiating power due to his recent string of defeats.
Joins card at UFC Ottawa
WelterweightUFC
March 4, 2019
Taleb will fight Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Ottawa on May 4.
ANALYSIS
Taleb hasn't fought since October, but that was a loss to Sean Strickland via TKO (punches) at UFC Fight Night so he's had plenty of time to let the loss motivate him. He'll enter the Octagon against Bahadurzada, who is coming off a loss in December to Curtis Millender that left him with a medical suspension for possible fractures in his jaw and left knee, but has been cleared by a physician and will be ready to go in May.