It only took one punch for Khalid Taha to win at UFC 236, knocking out Boston Salmon in under 30 seconds.
It’s been a tough road to UFC 236 for Boston Salmon. The Hawaiian won on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2017, but has failed to make his promotional debut since then. A knee injury removed him from a bout in late-2017, then he was scheduled to fight Khalid Taha in November last year before Taha hurt his knee. Salmon had an extensive amateur boxing career, winning multiple national titles.
Khalid Taha is a RIZIN veteran hunting for his first victory in the UFC. The German-born fighter was 10-0 before joining Japan’s biggest promotion. He won his RIZIN debut by first-round knockout before falling in his second appearance by third-round submission. Taha made an appearance at Brave CF before making his Octagon debut last July, losing by decision.
The fighters came out and met in the center of the Octagon. Salmon pawed out with a jab, then Khalid Taha swatted it away, winging a right hook that came up short. He immediately followed with a left haymaker that sent Salmon to the canvas facedown. A few follow-up punches were all that was needed to give Taha the victory.
Khalid Taha def. Boston Salmon by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1 (0:25)