Vicente Luque- The Only Man to KO Belal Muhammad in MMA

Published 03/27/2021, 9:44 AM EDT


UFC welterweight Vicente Luque is gearing up for the biggest fight of the UFC run thus far at UFC 260. ‘The Silent Assassin’ has drawn former welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, as his dance partner for the cards co-main event. Woodley is coming off a three-fight skid, and Luque is looking to add to Tyron Woodley’s woes with a breakout win.

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However, Vicente Luque has already proven himself as a major threat and he’s faced many high-level combatants. Although Woodley would be the biggest scalp on his resume, Luque has several marquee names etched on his resume. Let’s look at one of those statement wins that came over a recent main eventer in Belal Muhammad.

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UFC 205: Vicente Luque vs Belal Muhammad

The aforementioned fight was a meaningful addition to Luque’s career due to the manner in which secured the win. The heavy-handed Brazilian earned a first-round KO win and remains the only man to cleanly KO Muhammad to this day. Given the success Muhammad has enjoyed as of late, this feat is extremely impressive.

Furthermore, ‘Remember the Name’ Muhammad is one of the most durable fighters on the roster and is hard to put out. Belal Muhammad has 21 fights under his belt, a majority of which have come against elite UFC competition. The win encapsulates the extent of Vicente Luque’s power and is a testament to his promise as an elite welterweight.

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The aforementioned fight itself was over before it could even begin, as the KO was clocked in at 1:19 of round one. Belal Muhammad couldn’t keep up with Vicente Luque’s pace and ended up being defensively irresponsible in the pocket. Furthermore, this was uncharacteristic of Muhammad, as he hadn’t shown similar deficiencies in previous outings.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Vicente Luque of Brazil prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his welterweight bout against Stephen Thompson during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Vicente Luque utilized the massive showcase that UFC 205 provided in a massive way. The pay-per-view featured Conor McGregor and was the first-ever at Madison Square Garden. Fans of ‘The Silent Assassin’ fondly remember his KO win over Muhammad, which has aged well with time. Moreover, the victory could be crucial going forward if Muhammad and Luque are to match-up going forward.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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