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Belal Muhammad

28-Year-Old     UFC     Welterweight     12-2-0

Birthdate:  January 1, 1989    Height:  5'10    Weight:  Welterweight    

September 13, 2017    Belal Muhammad News

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Muhammad will no longer face Jesse Taylor at UFC Sydney on Nov. 18, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.

Muhammad will lose his opponent for the time being due to a potential USADA violation by Taylor, but with the card two months down the road, the UFC appears to be actively searching for a replacement welterweight opponent. The 29-year-old Muhammad is an up-and-comer in the 170-pound division, and will be looking to tally his third victory in a row on the November card.

Belal Muhammad: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Muhammad defeated Jordan Mein via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 213 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

After an opening round which saw Muhammad being susceptible to leg kicks from Mein, Muhammad adjusted his strategy and controlled Mein against the fence for the majority of the remainder of the fight. It was not a boring fight as Muhammad landed knees and elbows, and managed to cut Mein. The Milwaukee-based fighter was also able to get a few takedowns and came close to securing a rear-naked choke after taking Mein's back and sinking in a body lock. However, the 11-year professional mixed martial artist was able to escape the tough position and survive until the closing bell. Muhammad looked impressive and his boxing improved in the later rounds once he tired Mein out against the fence.
Muhammad defeated Randy Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 208 on Saturday in Brooklyn.

Fantasy Analysis

It was a nice bounce back effort for Muhammad following his first-round KO loss at the hands of Vicente Luque at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in November. In his two UFC wins, Muhammad has shown a consistent ability to both land on the feet, and mix in a takedown if needed. He connected with a whopping 146 total strikes on Saturday. The UFC would be wise to give him a better opponent next time out in hopes of seeing if the advancements he has made are legitimate.
Muhammad lost to Vicente Luque via KO (punches) at 1:19 of Round 1 at UFC 205 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

Muhammad attempted to throw a lazy punch that Luque was able to easily deflect before smashing a left-hand into Muhammad's face. Muhammad ate a few extra punches because referee John McCarthy was uncharacteristically slow with his stoppage, but the damage was already done. It was a scary finish. As solid as Muhammad looked in his last fight against Augusto Montano in September was as bad as he looked on Saturday. He now sports an uninspiring 1-2 record in his UFC career.
Muhammad defeated Augusto Montano via TKO (punches) at 4:19 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Hidalgo, Texas.

Fantasy Analysis

The competition was virtually non-existent, but Muhammad will take his first UFC victory in any fashion he could get it. Muhammad scored consistently with both strikes and takedowns, slowly overwhelming Montano from the moment the opening bell rang. Muhammad looked decent in his UFC debut (a unanimous decision loss to Alan Jouban in July) and on Saturday he showed what he is capable of. The 28-year-old is worth keeping an eye on in the UFC's welterweight division.
Muhammad was defeated by Alan Jouban via unanimous decision (27-28, 28-29, 27-29) at UFC Fight Night 90 on Thursday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Muhammad may have taken the defeat in his UFC debut, but he certainly earned the respect of UFC fans after putting an iron chin on display. Jouban landed several flush shots early that resulted in knockdowns, but Muhammad just stood up and continued pressing forward. He was able to secure a takedown and land a reasonable volume of shots, but it was clearly Jouban that did more damage throughout the bout. That being said, Muhammad made it interesting in the third round by wobbling Jouban after landing several heavy shots of his own. Had this fight been scheduled for five rounds, Muhammad would have almost certainly came out on top, as he displayed superior conditioning in the tail end of the bout. There's no question Muhammad should be back in the UFC.
Muhammad (+120) is the underdog in his welterweight matchup against Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 90 on Thursday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Muhammad, who will be making his UFC debut, owns a 9-0 professional record. His last three bouts were with the Titan FC promotion, where he finished as the company's welterweight champion. Like Jouban, Muhammad prefers to keep fights standing, but he expects to rely more on volume than power in this one. His clearest path to victory would likley be to keep his distance, tally up strikes and ride out a decision.