‘I Still Don’t Understand Why Colby Covington is Getting a Title Fight’- Belal Muhammad

Published 06/22/2021, 8:57 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 19: Belal Muhammad poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Belal Muhammad earned a decision against Demian Maia at UFC 263. Muhammad made a quick turnaround after his fight against Leon Edwards that ended in an accidental eye poke. The welterweight recently sat down for an interview with MMAJunkie. ‘Remember The Name’ took shots at fellow welterweight Colby Covington.

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‘Chaos’ is expected to fight for the belt next. It will be a rematch for him against the champion, Kamaru Usman. The duo clashed at UFC 245 before. Covington got finished in the final round of the contest. Since then the former interim champion has picked up a win over former champion, Tyron Woodley.

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I want Colby more than anybody, the hatred I have for that guy is levels above Leon [Edwards]. Of course, I want Leon back just because the way that one ended, but Colby’s still a level above him,” said Muhammad.

I still don’t understand why Colby’s getting the title fight. Yeah, it was a great fight, but you got your jaw broken and you’ve been sitting on the sidelines ever since that fight,” he further added.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: (R-L) Belal Muhammad punches Dhiego Lima of Brazil in their welterweight fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“I’ve been calling out Colby since I fought in Australia against Tim Means, I’ve always wanted to fight Colby Covington. With this last fight showing that I can defend a takedown, it shows people that it will be a great matchup.

It will be a fun matchup to see what happens if Colby can’t get a takedown, what’s he gonna do?” he concluded.

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What’s next for Belal Muhammad?

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Muhammad should fight a higher-ranked opponent after defeating a perennial contender like Maia. He would be aiming for bigger names now. However, all the top names are currently not available. So, he might just have to face a top 10 opponent next. The likes of Chiesa, Magny, Neal, and more all sound to be good matchups for him.

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

Few more wins can further elevate his status and eventually put him into the title conversation of the 170 lbs division of the UFC. Who the promotion matches him up against next, remains to be seen.

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