Sometimes, you can’t have the best of both worlds.
UFC fighter Nordine Taleb registered his first losing streak in his career as Sean Strickland turned to his killer right hand to pull off a convincing technical knockout victory last Sunday at UFC Fight Night 138 in Moncton.
Taleb, who was hired as Neymar’s bodyguard last year, absorbed his fourth loss in UFC and is now 1-2 since he decided to cater his service to the Brazilian football star.
I Always showing up on weight and top shape 170.5 pic.twitter.com/UQ5wBp8mE2
— Nordine Taleb (@TNT83MMA) October 26, 2018
‘I Was Not Tapping Out’
The French mixed martial artist came in his best shape but was not the better fighter at the end of his fight at UFC Moncton last Sunday.
Taleb tried to establish a steady defence but was still dropped by Strickland early in the second round after receiving a vicious right to the head. The 37-year old recovered and rose back to his feet until another Strickland onslaught sent him again down the canvass.
The Californian fighter found the perfect opportunity to put the finishing touches as he launched a flurry of punches, which forced referee Eric Nevett to stop the match. Taleb suffered his first losing streak in his career and now holds a UFC win-loss record of 6-4.
He took to Twitter to take a swipe on the officiating, which he believed made a wrong decision that led to his defeat.
“Yes I got caught but I survived, I call early stoppage ! I wasn’t giving up or tapping out , I was surviving, such BS ! We have seen worst positions that night or other shows and they let it go, pro fighting needs pro refs. UFCMoncton”
— foot garrix🇳🇱🇬🇧🇨🇦🇩🇿 (@teamsdzz) August 10, 2017
Unknown to many, Table juggles his MMA career with his duty to protect Neymar Jr. in his stint with the Saint-Germain in Paris. The Independent reported last year that the Brazilian forward hired the service of the welterweight fighter to be his personal bodyguard, following his lucrative transfer to the French football club from Barcelona FC.
In the same year, Taleb split his two previous fights as he came up short in a fight in February 2017 before roaring to a win against Oliver Enkamp in May. With the loss last weekend, he fell now to a 1-2 UFC record since becoming part of the Brazilian entourage.
Watch the highlights of the Taleb-Strickland in the post below:
All business tonight for Sean Strickland, as he gets the TKO victory. pic.twitter.com/TBN2rihAKF
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) October 28, 2018
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