Off the back of his third straight victory in his first main event under the promotion’s banner – streaking wrestling ace, Belal Muhammad has called for a potential welterweight title-eliminator against the undefeated, Khamzat Chimaev – over the course of five rounds.
Belal Muhammad, who headlined for the first time in his Octagon tenure over the weekend, managed to land an impressive, rather straightforward unanimous decision win over the #5 ranked, Vicente Luque – avenging a November 2016 knockout loss and cracking the top-5 in the process with his judging win.
The victory marked Muhammad’s third on the trot, off the back of other unanimous decision wins over former title challengers, Stephen Thompson, and Demian Maia. The win improved Muhammad’s run of fights unbeaten all the win to eight.
Belal Muhammad targets July comeback against Khamzat Chimaev
Off the back of the victory, Muhammad, a staple of Roufusport – who had continually called for a fight with former interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington next, has now also suggested a five round bout with the above mentioned, Chimaev in July.
“Hey @danawhite I’m ready July, 5 rounder Colby (Covington) or Khamzat (Chimaev) just hit my line,” Belal Muhammad tweeted.
Following his win over Sanford MMA trainee, Luque, Muhammad echoed his sentiment and calls for a bout with either Covington or Chimaev next.
“Like I said, the two best guys above me that are winning right now are Khamzat (Chimaev) and Colby (Covington), and neither one of them have fights,” Belal Muhammad told assembled media post-fight following UFC Vegas 51.
Whilst former-foe, Leon Edwards is expected to fight champion, Kamaru Usman in a title rematch this summer – Muhammad still has reservations that the fight actually takes place, insisting that he would be available to fight the reigning kingpin if needed.
“If the title fight is gonna happen in July, I want to be on that card (UFC 276),” Belal Muhammad said. “With Leon’s (Edwards) luck, his fights get cancelled every other day. So, I would assume that something would happen where he would trip on a wire or something and then I’ll step in and fight (Kamaru) Usman.”
“I had five fights in 15 months, so (I) just want to stay active,” Belal Muhammad continued. “Hopefully, I get a couple more desk jobs so I can stay in (Las) Vegas, stay in the limelight, and do some other things. I’m in the gym all the time.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)
In his most recent outing, Chimaev improved to 11-0 earlier this month on the main card of UFC 273 – battling over the course of three rounds with a unanimous decision win over one-time title chaser, Gilbert Burns.