Ahead of his pivotal, high-stakes welterweight rematch with Vicente Luque tomorrow at UFC Vegas 51 – streaking division contender, Belal Muhammad has taken umbrage with former interim titleholder, Colby Covington – claiming that Clovis native “deserves to be hurt” amid his outlandish trash talk aimed at prior teammates.
Belal Muhammad, the #6 ranked welterweight contender – is slated to headline UFC Vegas 51 tomorrow night at the UFC Apex facility, tackling streaking top-5 ranked contender, Luque, attempting to avenge a November 2016 knockout loss.
Most recently, Belal Muhammad recorded his second straight victory – defeated former two-time title challenger, Stephen Thompson over the course of three rounds last December, displaying a dominant wrestling clinic.
Attempting to right wrongs against Luque this weekend, Muhammad has insisted that should the promotion offer him a bout agreement against Covington following UFC Vegas 51 – insisting that he would “hurt” the outspoken Clovis native.
Belal Muhammad labeled Colby Covington a “piece of trash” for his brash persona
“It just shows that he’s (Colby Covington) literally a piece of trash,” Belal Muhammad told MMA Fighting when talking about Masvidal’s recent personal barbs aimed at both Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier. “He is a low life. To bring up a wife and kids – you don’t talk about somebody’s wife and kids. You don’t attack them. But then you’re going to keep doing to copy (Conor) McGregor. Why? ‘Cause you’re not original.”
“You’re a loser. That’s one of those things like Dustin (Poirier) says, I’m not going to fight him in the cage, I’ll fight him in the street or I’ll fight him in the gym if I see him. Because when you’re talking about family or you’re talking about a wife and kids, it’s no longer professional. Those are fighting words.”
“It’s no more you’re trying to sell a fight,” Belal Muhammad continued. “You’re talking about my family. I’m going to hurt you. Colby definitely deserves to be hurt. Big coward calling out a 155-pounder, a smaller guy. Call guys that are at the top of the division.”
Covington, who has recently insulted the likes of past training partners, Jorge Masvidal, and Dustin Poirier with a slew of personal barbs aimed at their respective families, Muhammad maintained that if he goes blow for blow with Covington on the microphone – he would comfortably hold his own.
“Go against me,” Belal Muhammad said. “If the UFC offers me that next after I get this win, I’m going to take it right away just because my style matches up perfectly with his. Just to be able to slap that kid would be the best thing ever. If it’s the build up and he wants to talk, I’ll make him look dumb, because his trash talk is so dumb and it’s pre-written.”
“If it’s live, we’re going back-and-forth, I’m going to make him look really stupid when he’s trying to use his little over the edge thing. I don’t take anything personally. I’m just going to come back at you harder.”
While Muhammad is intent on drawing the former interim champion, Covington next – he faces a stern challenge against Luque – who has enjoyed a stellar run of 10 wins and just two losses since his UFC 205 knockout win over the Roufusport staple.
The promotion also appear confident of booking a title-eliminator featuring Covington and recent big winner, UFC 273 feature, Khamzat Chimaev – with UFC president, Dana White revealing that he would like to book the two of them atop an ABC broadcasted card.
Undefeated in his last seven, Muhammad’s sole outing without a win in that period came against expected next title challenger, Leon Edwards – where he battled to an eventual official ‘No Contest’ after he received an inadvertent eye poke which left him unable to continue.