UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Sakai Prelims – Francisco Trinaldo vs Muslim Salikhov : Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/02/2021, 1:18 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: (L-R) Opponents Francisco Trinaldo of Brazil and Jai Herbert of England face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Welterweights Francisco Trinaldo and Muslim Salikhov are set to battle it out in the octagon on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Sakai. It’s the sole welterweight fight in the entire event, with both of them looking to capitalize on this opportunity.

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Trinaldo is a UFC veteran and has also fought at middleweight and lightweight in the organization. The Brazilian is currently on a three-fight winning streak after beating Brit Jai Herbert in his last fight. Moreover, his last loss came against Alexander Hernandez in July 2019.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: (R-L) Francisco Trinaldo of Brazil punches Jai Herbert of England in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He’ll be looking to win this fight and enter the top-15 in the official UFC rankings for the welterweight division. While on the other hand, his opponent Salikhov comes in with a stellar four. The Russian fighter went one better on Trinaldo’s streak and has won his last four fights. His last loss came in 2017 against Alex Garcia.

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He too will be looking forward to entering the top 15 in the rankings. Trinaldo has a record of 26-7, while Salikhov sports an amazing record of 17-2. However, he has only fought in the UFC since that debut loss to Alex Garcia.

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Francisco Trinaldo: Fighting Style and Analysis

The Brazilian fighter is a knockout artist and has won 9 of his 26 fights via knockout. Meanwhile, he also sports an incredible chin as he has never been knocked out in his entire career. However, he has lost three fights via submission and four via unanimous decision.

He will be looking to keep the fight on the feet but his opponent is no slouch on the feet either.

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Muslim Salikhov: Fighting Style and Analysis

On the other hand, Salikhov is primarily a kickboxer. The Russian fighter has represented Russia in the World Sanda (Chinese Boxing) championship and won the gold medal in multiple years. He also holds an unofficial Olympic gold medal which he won in 2008.

This has translated over in his MMA fights too, as he has won 12 fights via knockout and has never been finished. Salikhov struggles on the ground and his two losses have come via submissions. Hence, Trinaldo would do well to take the fight there.

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Predictions: Muslim Salikhov wins via knockout in the third round

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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