Belal Muhammad silenced any doubt that he is likely one of the finest welterweights on this planet on Saturday evening as he proved a puzzle too tough for Vicente Luque to unravel in the principle occasion of UFC Struggle Night time.
Luque was a small favourite heading into the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Muhammad was completely accountable for the combat excluding a 3rd spherical wherein he was repeatedly stumbled by Luque. Muhammad flummoxed his opponent with fixed side-to-side motion alongside the fence line, making it tough for Luque to get a rhythm or land straight punches. Muhammad utilized whipping physique kicks to attain factors from a distance and landed takedowns as soon as Luque was caught up with hanging exchanges.
Muhammad landed takedowns in every of the primary 4 rounds, together with a third-round wherein he was rocked meaningfully by Luque. However Muhammad did effectively to not panic as he as an alternative continued to maneuver, throw strikes and finally lure Luque into leaving the opening for a takedown. Muhammad was awarded a unanimous choice with two judges scoring it 49-46 and one scorecard studying 48-47.
Following his victory, Muhammad spoke with UFC commentator Daniel Cormier, the place he referred to as out Colby Covington. He criticized “Chaos” for taking fights towards Jorge Masvidal and Tyron Woodley, each of whom entered the Covington fights on consecutive losses, and difficult lightweights like Dustin Poirier. Muhammad additionally took a second to acknowledge his fellow Palestinians, stating that his combat within the Octagon was nothing in comparison with what they combat for every single day.
Muhammad (21-3, 1 NC) prolonged his undefeated streak to eight with wins over the likes of Luque, Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia. Luque (21-8-1) noticed his four-fight successful streak snapped in defeat.