Belal Muhammad Insists Khamzat Chimaev Fight Makes Sense: ‘I Have No Respect For Him’

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 22, 2022
    Belal Muhammad

    Streaking UFC welterweight contender, Belal Muhammad believes former interim division titleholder, Colby Covington will fight him, nor Khamzat Chimaev next – leaving the proverbial door open to a matchup between the two next.

    Featuring in his first main event for the organization last weekend, Muhammad extended his winning run to three straight strikes with a rather one-sided unanimous decision win over Vicente Luque – avenging a November 2016 knockout loss to the New Jersey-born contender.

    Belal Muhammad doubts Colby Covington fights himself nor Khamzat Chimaev next

    Off the back of the win, Muhammad landed at #5 in the official welterweight rankings, adding Luque to prior successes against former title challengers, Stephen Thompson, and Demian Maia.

    Following his win, Muhammad called out both the above mentioned, Covington, and Chimaev, but doubts the former would accept a fight against either of the surging welterweight counterparts.

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    “I tell people they’re like, ‘Oh, well Khamzat’s (Chimaev) going to fight Colby (Covington)’, and I’m like, Colby’s not taking that fight,” Belal Muhammad told MMA Fighting. “Look who Colby is fighting, look who Colby is calling out. He’s calling out (lightweights). Now that his tooth is broken, he’s probably going to be on the sideline for a couple of years until he gets some money from (Jorge) Masvidal.” 

    “I don’t think Colby’s going to take a fight with either of us,” Belal Muhammad explained. “He’s looking for somebody (coming) off losses, or he’s looking for a (lightweight), or I think he’s probably going to call out a Nick Diaz or a Nate Diaz. He’s going to wait on the sidelines for one of those type of fights. I just don’t think he’s going to take any tough matchups really.” 

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    With that taken into account, Muhammad believes a fight against the now-#3 ranked, Chimaev makes sense off the back of their recent Octagon walks.

    “Like I said, I’m a guy that likes to stay busy, likes to stay fighting,” Belal Muhammad explained. “I know Khamzat likes to stay fighting, stay active so I think coming off back-to-back weeks of us fighting, I think that makes a lot of sense, especially with the title fight looming.” 

    Muhammad then explained how he had “no respect” for Chimaev, claiming that the undefeated Chechen poked fun at his aforenoted 2016 knockout loss to Luque.

    “Khamzat was one of the trolls tweeting (Vicente) Luque knocking me out, so I have no respect for him,” Belal Muhammad said. “I’m down to fight him. That fight would mean a lot to me. To beat a guy like that who everybody thinks is invincible and untouchable. Obviously, he had a great fight with Gilbert Burns. Nothing but respect for both of those guys but I definitely want to beat him (Khamzat Chimaev). I want to be the guy that stops him.” 

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    Whilst Muhammad believes a bout between Covington and Chimaev will ultimately fail to materialize, UFC president, Dana White has claimed that he would be open to the idea of booking the former interim titleholder against the undefeated Chimaev next – ideally, as the curtain closer of an ABC broadcasted event.