ATLANTA – Khalid Taha went to work Saturday night like he had someplace else to be, is how the phrase usually goes. Taha (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) picked one impressive way to get his first UFC win when he took out the favored Boston Salmon (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in just 25 seconds with a TKO at UFC 236, which took place at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+. And though Salmon popped up afterward and seemed to try to petition referee Blake Grice that he had stopped it to early, the replays seemed to show him going limp from some clean strikes – which Taha and his team said afterward may have been the cleanest knockout he’s ever produced. And while Taha probably wouldn’t have wanted to bet on getting a finish that quickly, he wasn’t that surprised by it, either. “If two strikers collide together, it can be 15 minutes or war, or it can be like that,” Taha told MMA Junkie after his win.
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