‘I’m Gonna Be in Your Face 5 Freaking Rounds’- Belal Muhammad Issues Chilling Warning to Leon Edwards

Published 02/27/2021, 5:30 AM EST
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)


Belal Muhammad will fight Leon Edwards on March 13th at the UFC Apex. Muhammad is currently on a four-fight winning streak and will probably face the toughest challenge of his career against Edwards. ‘Rocky’ was originally scheduled to fight Khamzat Chimaev, but ‘Borz’ had to withdraw due to his coronavirus issues.

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The UFC needed a replacement fighter as Edwards wanted to end his lengthy spell of inactivity, which kicked off in 2019. ‘Remember The Name’ who beat Dhiego Lima at UFC 258 stepped up. Now, he will feature in the main event against one of the top contenders at 170 pounds.

Many believe this will be an easy night for Edwards, as he will get the win. But Muhammad believes that is far from the case. He recently appeared on the ‘Believe You Me’ Podcast. Here, the 32-year-old fighter credited Edwards for his skill sets but believes he will better his opponent.

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You’re not gonna have a chance to breathe with me. I’m gonna be in your face 5 freaking rounds, 25 minutes. You’re gonna think back to ‘Man, it was so good quarantined at home where I didn’t get punched in the face,‘” said Muhammad.

It’s true Muhammad has been much more active than Edwards lately, and that can certainly prove to be a deciding factor in the upcoming fight. ‘Remember The Name’ certainly has supreme conditioning and that can prove to be a problem for ‘Rocky’. However, Edwards is not someone known to get fatigued during a fight.

Can Belal Muhammad give Leon Edwards a stern test?

This is in fact a very tricky match-up in the welterweight division, as Edwards, who is on an eight-fight win streak, is looking to get back to title contention with a win in this high-risk bout from a rankings perspective.

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His opponent, Muhammad, has only dropped 2 of his last 10 fights. Only Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal have bettered him only since his promotional debut against Alan Jouban.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica stands in his corner prior to facing Rafael Dos Anjos in their welterweight bout during the 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)

Muhammad has very good conditioning, and so has ‘Rocky’. But Edwards’ striking game is a bit more effective than one might assume. ‘Remember The Name’s’ activity will help him against Edwards, who will probably be a tad rusty.

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Will ‘Remember The Name‘ give ‘Rocky’ a stern test when they fight? Let us know your thoughts.

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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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