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Muslim Salikhov OUT, James Krause Steps in to Face Claudio Silva

Muslim Salikhov is OUT, Claudio Silva will now fight James Krause at the UFC’s Fight Island event on Oct. 17.

Muslim Salikhov has been, unfortunately, forced out of his scheduled welterweight bout with Claudio Silva, due to undisclosed reasons at this time. James Krause will step in on less than two weeks’ notice to face Silva in Abu Dhabi on ‘Fight Island’.

Krause (27-8-0 MMA) returns back to his natural division, which is welterweight, after agreeing to step in to face Trevin Giles the day of the fight at UFC 247 in February. The 34-year-old gave Giles all he could produce and more but dropped a controversial split decision. The fighter and coach has won his last four meetings at 170-pounds, including an impressive third-round knockout win over Sergio Moraes at UFC Sao Paulo this past November.

After suffering a loss in his pro debut in November 2007, Silva has won his last 14 fights, five of them took place in the UFC promotion. “Hannibal” began his UFC career after earning decision wins over Brad Scott and Leon Edwards before taking it out of the hands of the judges moving forward. The American Top Team standout went on to submit Nordine Taleb, Danny Roberts and Cole Williams in his last three fights.

The event will be headlined by a highly anticipated grudge match at featherweight between Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie.

UFC Fight Island 6 shapes up as:

Main Event

145 lbs.: Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung

205 lbs.: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Nikita Krylov
205 lbs.: Krzysztof Jotko vs. Makhmud Muradov
125 lbs.: Jessica Andrade vs. Katlyn Chookagian
265 lbs.: Ante Delija vs. Ciryl Gane
125 lbs.: Poliana Botelho vs. Gillian Robertson
205 lbs.: Modestas Bukauskas vs. Jimmy Crute
155 lbs.: Mateusz Gamrot vs. Magomed Mustafaev
170 lbs.: James Krause vs. Claudio Silva
185 lbs.: Yong Jin Park vs. John Phillips
205 lbs.: Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Maxim Grishin
135 lbs.: Said Nurmagomedov vs. Mark Striegl
170 lbs.: Mounir Lazzez vs. David Zawada
155 lbs.: Fares Ziam vs. Jamie Mullarkey

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