“I’m Going to Take that Title Fight”- Belal Muhammad Confident Ahead of Main Event Against Leon Edwards

Published 03/12/2021, 12:23 PM EST


The UFC Welterweight division is in flux right now. Several fighters at the top are coming off of losses, and there’s a very dominant champion in Kamaru Usman, who finds himself on an incredible win streak.

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However, he’s not the only one with an amazing streak. British fighter Leon Edwards has won his last 9 fights and is making a comeback to the Octagon after a year and a half. He is looking to face the American welterweight Belal Muhammad in a fight that could mean a lot for the victor.

Belal sat down to fulfill his pre-fight media duties and talked about why the fans should root for him. “Whenever I’m fighting, you should always be rooting for me because I’m the way better guy, the way nicer guy, I’m a lot funnier than him,” he said.

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“Who doesn’t want to see the funny guy win?” Who indeed?

He also talked about his opponent’s caliber and the perks that would be in store for the winner. “In the end, I feel like it’s going to be a great fight, and the better man that’s going to come out winning is going to be the one that’s going to take-off,” he said.

“This is a huge fight because the guy who wins this, his life is gonna change because Dana already promised a title fight to him if he wins spectacularly, so I’m going to get that title fight. I’m going to take that title fight,” he exclaimed.

Belal Muhammad and his prospects in the welterweight division

Belal was enduring under the radar till now, building up an excellent record of 18-3. He’s currently ranked at a modest 13th position in the division; however, he is hungry for more.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: (R-L) Leon Edwards of England kicks Gunnar Nelson of Iceland in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at The O2 Arena on March 16, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The fact that Edwards is ranked #3 in the official UFC rankings might make one believe that this is a bit of a mismatch. However, that would be unfair to the American as he has been adding wins to the wins column. In addition to that, Edwards hasn’t fought in a while.

This is going to be an interesting fight with both the fighters sporting similar fighting styles. Do you think ring rust will play a factor in Leon Edwards’ comeback 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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