Elizeu Zaleski vs. Muslim Salikhov Added To UFC 251

Now a month away, UFC 251 has a full lineup set for it. Making the show 11 fights now, a welterweight matchup between Elizeu Zaleski and Muslim Salikhov has been added. First reported by Marcelo Barone of Combate, Salikhov will be putting a three-fight winning streak on the line.

Salikhov made his UFC debut in 2017 with a loss to Alex Garcia. It’s only been up since then, as the Russian has gotten three wins in a row. More recently, Salikhov won a decision fight over Laureano Staropoli.

Zaleski was a welterweight on the rise in 2019, having a seven-fight winning streak at one point. In August of 2019, a loss tot Li Jingliang ended the long streak. The Brazilian bounced back in March with a win over Alexey Kunchenko. He aims to build on that momentum in July.

UFC 251, which takes place at the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, has a triple threat of title matches setup. The 12-fight card looks like this currently.

Bout 11: Kamaru Usman (16-1) vs. Gilbert Burns (19-3) (UFC Welterweight Championship)

Bout 10: Alexander Volkanovski (21-1) vs. Max Holloway (21-5) (UFC Featherweight Championship)

Bout 9: Petr Yan (14-1) vs. Jose Aldo (28-6) (Vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship)

Bout 8: Jessica Andrade (20-7) vs. Rose Namajunas (8-4) (Strawweight)

Bout 7: Paige VanZant (8-4) vs. Amanda Ribas (9-1) (Flyweight)

Bout 6: Volkan Oezdemir (17-4) vs. Jiri Prochazka (26-3-1) (Light Heavyweight)

Bout 5: Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-3) vs. Raulian Paiva (19-3) (Flyweight)

Bout 4: Vanessa Melo (10-7) vs. Karol Rosa (12-3) (Bantamweight)

Bout 3: Makwan Amirkhani (15-4) vs. Danny Henry (12-3) (Featherweight)

Bout 2: Leonardo Santos (17-3-1) vs. Roman Bogatov (10-0) (Lightweight)

Bout 1: Elizeu Zaleski (22-6) vs. Muslim Salikhov (16-2) (Welterweight)

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