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Muslim Salikhov is Dagestani, and a simple YouTube search shows him spin-kicking opponents to death – like Melvin Guillard. There’s a lot of hype behind this guy.

Alex Garcia is 4-3 in the UFC – not a lot of hype behind him.

Perhaps as a sign that he’s learned from all his time on the Octagon, Garcia wastes no time imposing his will on his opponent, hunting for – and soon getting – a takedown on a the dude who wants to take his head off with a kick. Salikhov does avoid trouble on the ground – he’s got grappling skills to go with those kicks – but when they scramble up, those takedown attempts are enough to stifle his game.

Garcia adds another wrinkle to his offense in Round 2: faking a takedown to open up a striking opportunity, and now Salikhov is really getting confused. But after landing a nice right hand, Garcia commits to a takedown and gets Salikhov down. Another scramble, and soon Garcia has his back and is slipping on a choke. That’s all she wrote.

 

Results: Alex Garcia def. Muslim Salikhov via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:22, R2