Belal Muhammad Reacts to Eye-Poke Incident Against Leon Edwards- Wants to ‘Run It Back’

Published 03/14/2021, 7:12 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: Referee Herb Dean calls off the fight between Bulal Muhammad (L) and Leon Edwards of Jamaica after Muhammad was unable to continue due to an accidental eye poke in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The much-anticipated welterweight main event between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad was brought to an abrupt ending. ‘Remember The Name’ was on the receiving end of an unfortunate eye-poke from ‘Rocky’ Edwards and was left with a bloodied eye. It was one of the nastiest eye-poke injuries of recent times.

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As ‘Remember The Name’ was in no state to carry on with the fight, the contest had to be ended abruptly. It was rather disappointing for the fans, especially considering the fight was just starting to build-up and was promising some good action in the later rounds. Muhammad was visibly heartbroken and in agony, as it was his first-ever UFC main event. He felt like the opportunity got taken away from him.

Understandably he wanted to run it back against ‘Rocky’, as there is still unfinished business between the two. He tweeted out the same to his followers.

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The Chicago native wrote, “My heart is shattered my first main event ended like that but Gods the best of planners im sorry to the fans and the (UFC) you deserved a full fight.. Alhamdillah the vision is coming back and no permanent damage to the eye I’ll be back and want to run it back (Leon Edwards).

The good news is he hasn’t suffered any permanent damage to his eye. As mentioned earlier, it was painful for fans to even watch the incident happen live.

Edwards will be disappointed with the turn of events too as ‘Rocky’ was looking to secure a title shot with what he was hoping would be his ninth consecutive win under the bright lights.

Should the UFC re-book Leon Edwards vs Belal Muhammad?

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Muhammad deserves another shot at Edwards, as the ending has left many doubts regarding who the better welterweight combatant was. Also, Muhammad’s opportunity to headline a UFC card shouldn’t go away from him like that.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: (L-R) Bulal Muhammad kicks Leon Edwards of Jamaica in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The sensible decision will be to let the duo run it back. But the idea might not sound too pleasing to Edwards, who will have to wait for ‘Remember The Name’ to recover, even if the fight is booked for a second time. So, the hopes of him getting a shot at the UFC gold will have to wait too.

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Should the UFC book Edwards vs Muhammad again? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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