Nordine Taleb


Easily handles Kyle Prepolec
May 4, 2019
Taleb defeated Kyle Prepolec via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Ottawa.
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.
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Gets new opponent at UFC Ottawa
April 28, 2019
Taleb will now take on Kyle Prepolec at UFC Ottawa on May 4, reports.
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
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.
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
March 4, 2019
Taleb will fight Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Ottawa on May 4.
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.
Falls in the second round at UFC Moncton
October 27, 2018
Taleb lost to Sean Strickland via TKO (punches) at 3:10 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Taleb had a solid first round. Strickland was coming forward and throwing a ton of strikes. Taleb was able to control the distance and land his power strikes. However, in the second round, Strickland was able to close the distance. He stepped forward and dropped Taleb twice in the round. From the top position, he continued to throw strikes and finished the fight. Taleb has now dropped back-to-back fights in the UFC.
Draws Sean Strickland for UFC Moncton
August 10, 2018
Taleb will fight Sean Strickland in a welterweight matchup at UFC Moncton on Oct. 27 at the Moncton Events Centre, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Taleb (14-5) is 6-3 inside the Octagon. His most recent fight ended in a loss via first-round submission to Claudio Silva at UFC Liverpool. Strickland (19-3), who is also 6-3 in the UFC, lost his most recent fight as well. He was knocked out in the first round by Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC 224. Taleb will concede two inches in reach to Strickland, but owns the statistical edge in both striking differential and takedown average.