Over the weekend, Lebanese ‘bantamweight’ fighter Khalid Taha ruined the return of veteran Hawaiian fighter Boston Salmon when he finished the “Contender Series” standout with a total knock-out just 25 seconds into the very first round!
Although he was representing his German club Dortmund at the match, Taha didn’t hesitate to raise the Lebanese flag for a celebratory round across the arena, a move he often does in stadiums around the world (see below). This time, it was at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, in front of a crowd of 21,000 people.
With 13 wins and only 2 losses under his belt, Taha was supposed to fight Salmon this past November. But a tear in his ACL saw the 27-year old taking time over the winter to recover. Once re-installed to the ‘bantamweight’ category, he was quick to claim his victories.
69% or 9 out of 13 of his matches end in knockouts, meaning they are clearly Taha’s preferred method of choice.
Nicknamed ‘The Warrior’, the 61-kilograms (135 lbs) MMA fighter who hails from Lebanon, has established an international fan-base that loves him for his unique athleticism as well as his humility and sportsmanship.
You have Lebanon fans and German fans, And you have Japanese fans. Everyone will support you.
Footage of the winning announcement show Taha turning around to shake hands with his opponent, but Salmon had already walked away. You can watch the full match below.
Keep making us proud, Khalid!
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