Streaking top-5 welterweight challenges, Vicente Luque, and Belal Muhammad are slated to tangle inside the Octagon once more following their November 2016 display – with the two set to headline a UFC Fight Night event on April 16. At the time of publication, the promotion are yet to determine an official location or venue for the event.
First clashing at Madison Square Garden in November 2016 at UFC 205, Luque stopped Muhammad with a short left hook counter in the opening minute of the first round – handing the Chicago native his first UFC defeat.
Currently riding a four-fight winning run, Luque, who clutches onto the #4 rank in the official welterweight pile, landed his second consecutive D’Arce choke win last time out against Michael Chiesa – stopping the Washington native with a first round submission at UFC 265 in August.
For Muhammad, the long time Roufusport trainee turned in his second win of 2021 back in December back at UFC Vegas 45. Facing common-foe, Stephen Thompson, Muhammad scored multiple takedowns en route to a one-sided unanimous decision triumph. Brett Okamoto of ESPN MMA was first to report the news of Luque vs. Muhammad 2.
Recovering from his own unanimous decision defeat to Thompson in November 2019, Luque has since secured a quartet of stoppage victories, first handing Niko Price a second career loss, before finishing Randy Brown, and then former welterweight kingpin, Tyron Woodley, the latter of which with a first round D’Arce choke.
For Muhammad, the smothering Illinois grappler had previously out-grappler Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace, Demian Maia for a one-sided unanimous decision win at UFC 263 in June last.
The victory, coupled with the aforenoted December decision over Thompson, came as Muhammad’s sixth from seven outings – following a high-profile March headliner against common-opposition, Leon Edwards, where an accidental eye poke forced a second round official ‘No Contest’.
Boasting a 20-3 professional record, Muhammad’s 2016 knockout defeat to Sanford MMA trainee, Luque came as his first and sole knockout loss in professional mixed martial arts.
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