Niko Price vs. Muslim Salikhov Sealed for UFC Lincoln in April
By Ross Markey
An exciting welterweight pairing will feature at UFC Fight Night Lincoln in April.
A welterweight matchup that promises fireworks has been added to UFC Fight Night Lincoln on April 25th. as surging finisher, Niko ‘The Hybrid’ Price tackles his fellow division climber, Muslim ‘The King Of Kung Fu’ Salikov.
Florida native, Price, recently returned to the win column, in his home state no-less, as he landed a highlight-reel opening round upkick knockout of former lightweight contender, James Vick. Dagestan born, Salikov on the other hand – has embarked on a rather impressive three-fight win-streak as of late, lodging successful outing against Laureano Staropoli, Nordine Taleb, and Ricky Rainey after a promotional debut defeat to Alex Garcia back in 2017. News of the exciting welterweight pairing was first reported by ESPN staff writer, Brett Okamoto.
Despite his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, 30-year-old contender, Price, has managed an eye-catching ten victories via knockout. Since his first Octagon walk back in 2016, the Cape Coral native has managed victories over the likes of Brandon Thatch, Alan Jouban, Randy Brown, Tim Means, and the previously noted, James Vick.
35-year-old kickboxing ace, Salikov – presents a monstrous challenge for the welterweight ranks – merely due to his well-traversed striking ability, The Makhachkala native only has four Octagon bouts under his belt, but has displayed some real eye-catching offensive striking nevertheless. Before his 2017 bow, Salikov spent some considerable time competing on China’s regional circuit, securing an impressive eleven fight win streak – which was concluded with a spinning hook kick knockout of UFC lightweight alumni, Melvin Guillard.
UFC Fight Night Lincoln will take place on April 25th. from the Pinnacle Bank Arena – and is currently expected to be headlined by former light heavyweight title challengers, Anthony Smith, and Glover Teixeira. In lightweight action, Evan Dunham welcomes Michael Johnson back to the division – while Christos Giagos clashes with Alan Patrick. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern also makes her Octagon return as she meets with Ariane Carnelossi in an all Brazilian showcase. In more light heavyweight action, former interim title hopeful, Ovince Saint Preux takes on Shamil Gamzatov. At middleweight, Zak Cummings clashes with TUF victor, Andrew Sanchez. In a strawweight bow, Cynthia Calvillo is expected to meet with Antonina Shevchenko. At 170-pounds, Anthony Rocco Martin is tied with David Zawada.