Belal Muhammad

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Gets revenge on Vicente Luque
WelterweightUFC
April 16, 2022
Muhammad defeated Vicente Luque via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Muhammad gets his revenge on Luque, who knocked him out in 79 seconds in the first bout between the two way back in November 2016. This was a typical Muhammad fight. His wrestling was on point, his cardio was excellent and he was able to survive whatever his opponent threw at him on the feet. Belal was wobbled at times after a few massive shots from Luque, but Muhammad seemed to be able to pick up a massive takedown whenever he needed it. He was credited with 5-of-10 attempts, good for 7:29 worth of control time. The fact Muhammad was able to put forth such a strong effort despite fasting the past couple weeks due to the Muslim holiday of Ramadan makes the performance all the more impressive. Belal is unbeaten in his last eight fights (7-0, 1NC), and although the early portion of that streak came against lesser fighters, Muhammad has now picked up back-to-back victories over Luque and Stephen Thompson. The soon-to-be 34-year-old is closing in on title-implicating fights at 170 pounds.
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Rematch with Vicente Luque
WelterweightUFC
January 25, 2022
Muhammad will fight Vicente Luque in a welterweight bout as the headliner at UFC Fight Night on April 16, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Muhammad defeated Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision and is 10-1 since being knocked out by Luque during their first encounter in 2016, and the pair will be facing off again as the main event in April. Muhammad and Luque are ranked fifth and fourth in welterweight, respectively, and the winner this time around will be well positioned to continue moving up the board.
Announces arrival in Vegas
WelterweightUFC
December 18, 2021
Muhammad defeated Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's by far the biggest victory of Muhammad's career, and it came in dominating fashion. Although he entered as a hefty (+175) betting underdog, Muhammad smothered Wonderboy from the very start and never let up. He recognized his advantage in the grappling department and fired off nine takedown attempts, landing seven of them. Those seven successful tries led to a whopping 11:57 worth of control time, which, in turn, led to a 171-51 edge in total strikes landed. It was a masterful effort from Belal, who executed his game plan to perfection. Muhammad has won six fights in a row and is unbeaten in his past seven (6-0, 1NC) bouts. The 33-year-old will need to continue this strong run in order to make an impact at 170 pounds, but Muhammad has proven to be up to the task thus far.
Set to face Stephen Thompson
WelterweightUFC
November 11, 2021
Muhammad will fake on Stephen Thompson in a welterweight fight in Las Vegas on Dec. 18, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup pits two of the best in the division against each other. Muhammad has been in much better recent form, going undefeated with one no-contest in his last six fights. He most recently earned a unanimous decision win against Demian Maia in June. Thompson, on the other hand, has lost three of his last five fights, dropping a unanimous decision against Gilbert Burns in July in his most recent trip to the Octagon.
Cruises past Demian Maia
WelterweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Muhammad defeated Demian Maia via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
Maia is a tricky guy to fight, and Muhammad clearly won this bout, but this performance won't earn him many new fans. Of course, Muhammad could likely care less. The most impressive aspect of this fight was Belal's takedown defense. He defended 20-of-21 Maia attempts and was the far more effective fighter whenever the two men ended up in a striking exchange at distance. It was a nice bounce-back effort from Muhammad on the heels of the vicious, accidental eye poke he suffered in a main event spot against Leon Edwards this past March. Muhammad is undefeated in his past six bouts (5-0, 1NC) and hasn't lost in about two and a half years. Consider him a legitimate contender.
Fighting Maia in June
WelterweightUFC
April 4, 2021
Muhammad will fight Demian Maia in a welterweight bout at UFC 263 on June 12, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Muhammad's last fight was a no contest due to an accidental eye poke against Leon Edwards. Previously, Muhammad was 18-3-0 as an MMA fighter. Maia hasn't fought in more than a year, but he's 3-1-0 over his last four bouts at the UFC level.