Belal Muhammad Says Leon Edwards is in for a Rude Awakening at UFC Vegas 21- ‘He Should’ve Waited for Somebody Else’

Published 03/12/2021, 11:33 AM EST
Sep 7, 2019; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Belal Muhammad (red gloves) fights Takashi Sato (not pictured) during UFC 242 at The Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports


UFC Welterweight contender Leon Edwards is set to face Belal Muhammad this Saturday in his much-awaited comeback to the cage. He has been promised a title shot by Dana White if he wins this fight spectacularly. Edwards has said that he is completely focused on the fight, since murmurs of a title shot can often be extremely distracting.

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Meanwhile, his opponent, Belal Muhammad, sat down in a press conference ahead of his UFC Vegas 21 bout against Leon Edwards. Leon is coming off of a huge hiatus, and it was one of the talking points in the presser.

The reporter asked him about his preparation for Edwards as there are only a handful of videotapes available on him. “I’m not a big tape watcher,” he said.

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“It’s one of those where I let my instincts do the talking for me. My coaches will watch see to the subtleties, but there’s no substitute for cage time, for fight time.”

Belal expanded on the importance of in-ring experiences and said that having the best coaches and nutritionists isn’t good enough. He said that a fighter has to show up on fight night and be that fighter that day.

I literally was just in there. It’s just another day in the office for me,” he said, referring to his February 14th fight against Dhiego Lima.

Belal Muhammad wants to make Leon Edwards bleed

He talked up his chances for the match-up and said that he is the kind of fighter that can make his opponent breathe hard. Belal promised a tough time for Edwards and said that he would make him sweat and bleed.

The Brit last fought over 600 days ago against Rafael dos Anjos, and Belal will look to capitalize on the same.

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica reacts after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He’s gonna realize that he needs that cage time, he should’ve fought somebody else, he should’ve waited for somebody else because he’s gonna lose his opportunity again at a title fight after this fight,” the American warned.

At the end of the day, it’s a huge fight with a lot on the line. The fans should expect a great fight with a title shot on the line. Do you think Belal has what it takes to win this fight?

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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