Nordine Taleb holds a professional record of 14-5 and has gone 6-3 in the UFC. Taleb’s UFC career began with a 3-0 start with victories over Vik Grujic, Li Jingliang, and Chris Clements before his undefeated run was broken by Warrley Alves via his patented guillotine choke in the second round of the contest. Half of Taleb’s victories have come via knockout. Most recently, Taleb was defeated by Claudio Silva via first-round submission at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till. Half of Taleb’s 14 victories have come by knockout and he will look to make it eight when facing fellow striker Sean Strickland.
At 16 years of age, Sean Strickland was already a professional in the sport. And his career as a pro started with a 15-0 record prior to losing his third UFC bout against Santiago Ponzinibbio in 2015. Strickland was able to accumulate another win streak, winning three straight fights in the UFC prior to having it snapped by welterweight title contender Kamaru Usman at UFC 210. Strickland is currently 19-3 and has won four of his last six bouts.
UFC Fight Night 138 (UFC Moncton) will be headlined by Volkan Oezdemir squaring off against Anthony Smith and will take place on Oct. 27 from the Moncton Events Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick. With the addition of this welterweight bout, here is the updated card for the event:
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith
Misha Cirkunov vs. Patrick Cummins
Thibault Gouti vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Nordine Taleb vs. Sean Strickland
Sarah Moras vs. Talita Bernardo
Arjan Bhullar vs. Marcelo Golm
Gian Villante vs. Ed Herman
Gavin Tucker vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Who wins? Strickland or Taleb?