UFC 263: Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/09/2021, 12:29 PM EDT


UFC 263 will see a welterweight match-up between Demian Maia and Belal Muhammad go down in the main card. Muhammad fought Leon Edwards in his last fight, which ended in a no-contest due to an accidental eye poke. Maia, on the other hand, was knocked out by Gilbert Burns in his last fight in March 2020.

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Muhammad is currently on a 4-fight winning streak. Since his decision loss to Geoff Neal in 2019, ‘Remember the Name’ has put together a 4-fight winning streak in the welterweight division of the UFC. He will look to enter the elites of the division with a win over a veteran like Maia.

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)

Maia has won 3 out of his last 5 fights. A submission win over Ben Askren was his last win inside the Octagon. The Brazilian currently holds a professional record of 28-10. A total of 17 submission wins are made up of 3 T/KO and 14 submission wins. The jiu-jitsu master will be determined to get a win. A defeat will potentially bring an end to the 43-year-old’s UFC career.

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Muhammad currently has a record of 18-3. Known for his impeccable pace and durability, ‘Remember the Name’ has a total of 5 finishes under his belt. 4 T/KO and 1 submission rack up those numbers for him.

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Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad: Analysis

Maia is in the twilight of his career. He has lost the authority that he once possessed in his grappling game. So, it’s tough to expect him to be dominant as he once was especially against someone like Muhammad.

‘Remember the Name’ has been fighting in the UFC for a considerable amount of time now. Muhammad has had enough experience under his belt and should be able to use that to full advantage against the veteran Maia.

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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)

However, Maia might be able to take Muhammad’s back in the first round of the fight. But he should eventually slow down and Muhammad might exploit that to start gaining control of the fight. ‘Remember the Name’ should get a unanimous decision in his favor after winning the last 2 rounds.

Final Prediction: Belal ‘Remember the Name’ Muhammad by unanimous decision.

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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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