Fight Roundup: Andre Fialho vs. Muslim Salikhov added to Nov. 19 UFC card, Invicta hosts one-night championship tournament

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Fights come together fast these days, and if you blink, you can easily miss them. In Fight Roundup, we bring you the latest reported matchups to keep you up to date with what’s on the horizon.

All bouts featured have been officially announced or confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz, Mike Heck, and Damon Martin via sources with knowledge of the matchups.

UFC Fight Night: Li v Salikhov

Muslim Salikhov
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Striking specialists Andre Fialho and Muslim Salikhov will share the cage this November.

The UFC announced that the welterweights are set to fight on its Nov. 19 card, which takes place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. Both fighters are coming off of recent knockout losses.

Fialho (16-5, 1 NC) has been busy since making his UFC debut this past January, already competing four times for the promotion. He has gone 2-2 to start his UFC career, with first-round knockouts of Cameron VanCamp and Miguel Baeza sandwiched by losses to Jake Matthews and Michel Pereira.

Salikhov (18-3) makes his eighth UFC appearance and currently sports a 5-2 record inside the octagon. In his most recent outing this past July, “King of Kung Fu” saw a five-fight win streak snapped by Li Jingliang.

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William Knight
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William Knight is back at light heavyweight.

After a one-fight stint at heavyweight that resulted in a third-round knockout loss to Devin Clark this past April, Knight (11-4) returns to the 205-pound division to fight Marcin Prachnio (15-6) on Nov. 19. The matchup was first announced by Knight via Instagram.

Knight seeks his first win of 2022 after losing to Clark and Maxim Grishin earlier this year. “Knightmare” is 3-3 in the UFC since being signed off of the Contender Series in 2020.

Prachnio, a former ONE Championship standout, is 2-4 in the UFC. He went 2-0 in 2021 before dropping a unanimous decision to Philipe Lins this past April.

UFC Fight Night: Silva de Andrade v Nurmagomedov

Said Nurmagomedov
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Said Nurmagomedov or Saidyokub Kakhramonov put their win streaks on the line this December.

The fast-rising bantamweight contenders meet at an upcoming UFC APEX event in Las Vegas on Dec. 17. Red Fury Fight Team was first to report the matchup.

Nurmagomedov (16-2) has won three straight fights since losing a unanimous decision to Rogerio Bontorin in December 2019. His UFC record stands at 5-1 and he holds notable wins over Douglas Silva de Andrade, Cody Stamann, and Ricardo Ramos, finishing the latter two names in the first round.

Kakhramonov (10-2) looks to improve to 3-0 in the UFC and pick up his fifth straight win overall. He debuted in August 2021 with a third-round submission of Trevin Jones, then defeated Ronnie Lawrence by unanimous decision this past July.

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Gloria de Paula
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Invicta FC Strawweight Championship Tournament

A new Invicta FC strawweight champion will be crowned.

The all-women promotion announced Wednesday via press release that it will hold a one-night, four-woman tournament at Invicta FC 50 on Nov. 16 at Reelworks Denver in Colorado to determine a new 115-pound queen. Emily Ducote recently vacated the title when she signed with the UFC this past June.

Former UFC fighter Gloria de Paula (6-5), Valesca Machado (10-3, 1 NC), Ediana Silva (12-2), and the debuting Karolina Wojcik (9-2) comprise the tournament field, with matchups to be drawn at the Nov. 15 weigh-ins. The winner becomes Invicta’s ninth strawweight champion, joining a list that includes current UFC champion Carla Esparza, Angela Hill, and Virna Jandiroba.

Strawweight reserve spots will be contested in a pair of bouts as Sharon Jacobson fights Melissa Oddessa and Fatima Kline fights Danni McCormack.

Also set for Nov. 16, one-time bantamweight title challenger Katharina Lehner fights Talita Bernardo and Claire Guthrie meets Marilia Morais in a 135-pound contest.

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