Nordine Taleb (Arabic: نوردين طالب, born June 10, 1981) is a French-Canadian professional mixed martial artist. He is currently signed in the Welterweight division of the ARES FC. A professional since 2007, he has also competed for Bellator MMA and Ultimate Fighting Championship.
June 10, 1981
|Residence||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Firas Zahabi|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Taleb began his professional career with a unanimous decision victory, before losing his next bout via TKO. After a further four victories across Canada, Taleb fought Pete Sell at Ring of Combat 38 for Sell's welterweight championship. Taleb was the much quicker man and was able to move in and out of range quickly, which reduced the amount of strikes he took from Sell. In the second round, Taleb hit Sell with a counter right hand, followed by strikes on the ground. The referee stopped the fight early in the second round and Taleb was declared the ROC Welterweight Champion.
In 2011, Taleb was signed by Bellator and made his debut at Bellator 64 against Matt Secor. Taleb dominated the fight and outclassed Secor enough to be awarded 10-8 rounds by one judge. Taleb was able to take Secor down multiple times and also controlled the stand-up portion of the fight. Taleb won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-24).
Taleb's second fight for Bellator was against Matt MacGrath, which was held as a 180lb. Catchweight bout, due to the fight being contested at short notice. Taleb controlled MacGrath in the opening round, by utilising his reach advantage via straight punches. MacGrath started to come back into the fight in the second round, but was knocked down by a left hand from Taleb. Taleb hit MacGrath with some follow-up shots and was declared the winner via TKO.
Taleb was then entered into the Bellator Season Seven Welterweight Tournament. Taleb's opponent in the quarterfinal was the first-and-only DREAM welterweight champion Marius Žaromskis. Taleb lost via unanimous decision.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
In December 2013, it was announced that Taleb was selected as one of the fighters to represent Canada for the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia. In his first fight on the show, Taleb lost to Tyler Manawaroa via unanimous decision after three rounds.
In a rare move, the UFC revealed in March 2014 that Taleb would also appear as a participant on the next season of the show, The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn. Taleb lost his preliminary fight to get into the house against Mike King via decision after a sudden victory round.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Despite being announced as a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn, Taleb appeared on the event leading up to its premiere as he faced fellow contestant Vik Grujic at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale. He won the bout via unanimous decision.
Taleb was expected to face Cláudio Silva on April 25, 2015 at UFC 186. However, Silva was forced out of the bout with a broken foot and replaced by Chris Clements. Taleb won the fight by unanimous decision.
Taleb was expected to face Emil Weber Meek on 28 May 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109. However, Meek pulled out of the fight on May 12 citing injury. Meek was replaced by promotional newcomer Oliver Enkamp. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Taleb was expected to face Sultan Aliev on 16 December 2017 at UFC on FOX 26. However, Aliev was removed from the card for undisclosed reasons in early December and was replaced by Danny Roberts. Taleb won the last bout of his contract by knockout in the first round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.
Taleb was scheduled to face Siyar Bahadurzada on 4 May 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy. However, it was reported on April 24, 2019 that Bahadurzada pulled out of the bout citing injury, and he is replaced by newcomer Kyle Prepolec. Taleb won the fight via unanimous decision.
After parting ways with the UFC, Taleb was expected to headline ARES 2 on April 3, 2020, against Maarten Wouters. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed until October 30, 2020.
Championships and achievementsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||15 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||15–7||Muslim Salikhov||KO (punch)||UFC 242||September 7, 2019||1||4:26||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||15–6||Kyle Prepolec||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy||May 4, 2019||3||5:00||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||14–6||Sean Strickland||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith||October 27, 2018||2||3:10||Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada|
|Loss||14–5||Cláudio Silva||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till||May 27, 2018||1||4:31||Liverpool, England|
|Win||14–4||Danny Roberts||KO (head kick and punch)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos||December 16, 2017||1||0:59||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||13–4||Oliver Enkamp||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira||May 28, 2017||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||12–4||Santiago Ponzinibbio||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne||February 19, 2017||3||5:00||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||12–3||Erick Silva||KO (punch)||UFC 196||March 5, 2016||2||1:34||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Warlley Alves||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 190||August 1, 2015||2||4:11||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||11–2||Chris Clements||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 186||April 25, 2015||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||10–2||Li Jingliang||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine||October 4, 2014||3||5:00||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada||Return to Welterweight.|
|Win||9–2||Vik Grujic||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy||April 16, 2014||3||5:00||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||Middleweight debut.|
|Loss||8–2||Marius Žaromskis||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 74||September 28, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season Seven Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||8–1||Matt MacGrath||TKO (punches)||Bellator 67||May 4, 2012||2||2:30||Rama, Ontario, Canada||Catchweight (180 lbs) bout.|
|Win||7–1||Matt Secor||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 64||April 6, 2012||3||5:00||Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||6–1||Pete Sell||TKO (punches)||Ring of Combat 38||November 28, 2011||2||0:53||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won the Ring of Combat Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||5–1||Szymon Boniecki||TKO (punches)||UGC 28: Montreal||October 1, 2011||1||1:52||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||4–1||John Salgado||KO (head kick)||Eye of the Tiger||June 11, 2011||1||2:50||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||3–1||Chad Cox||Decision (unanimous)||W-1 MMA 6: New Ground||October 23, 2010||3||5:00||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||2–1||Dean Martins||TKO (punches)||W-1 MMA 4: Bad Blood||March 20, 2010||2||2:54||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||1–1||Guillaume DeLorenzi||TKO (punches)||XMMA 3: Ring Extreme||March 14, 2008||3||3:46||Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||1–0||Louis-Philippe Carles||Decision (unanimous)||XMMA 2: Gold Rush||November 24, 2007||3||5:00||Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||0 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||0–2||Mike King||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn||April 16, 2014 (airdate)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 19 house entry bout.|
|Loss||0–1||Tyler Manawaroa||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia||February 7, 2014 (airdate)||3||5:00||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||Quarter-finals bout.|
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- "Fight Card - UFC 190 Rousey vs. Correia". UFC.com. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
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- "Ben Askren retains welterweight crown; Sandro, Marx, Nakamura advance at Bellator 64". sherdog.com. April 6, 2012.
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