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UFC books Claudio Silva vs. Muslim Salikhov for Oct. 17 Fight Night event

Muslim Salikhov won a close decision against Elizeu Zaleski earlier this year in Abu Dhabi.
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“Hannibal” and “King of Kung Fu” will meet in the octagon at a UFC Fight Night show on Oct. 17, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting. Combate first reported the matchup.

The event will likely take place at Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island and feature Brian Ortega vs. “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight main event.

Silva (14-1) hasn’t lost since his professional MMA debut in almost 13 years, a run that includes five UFC victories.

The Brazilian welterweight has dealt with many injuries over the past few years, but holds octagon victories over the likes of Leon Edwards and Nordine Taleb.

Salikhov (17-2) won four in a row since a UFC debut loss to Alex Garcia in 2017, knocking out Ricky Rainey and Taleb before decisions over Laureano Staropoli and Elizeu Zaleski.

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