Why Belal Muhammad is the Next Big Thing at UFC

Published 03/09/2021, 8:24 AM EST


There’s a new budding superstar in the welterweight division, and no, it’s not Khamzat Chimaev. While he might be great in his own manner, Belal Muhammad is the guy you need to know of.

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He is squaring up against Leon Edwards for a fight this Saturday. Edwards hasn’t lost a fight in three years and is the number three guy in the welterweight rankings. If this isn’t a step up, then nothing is.

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, who also goes by his nickname, ‘Remember the Name,’ has been winning under the radar for a while now. It’s definitely too long for his liking. He has an amazing record of 18-3, and his three losses came against Alan Jouban, Vicente Luque, and Geoff Neal.

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All three of them were at their prime when they fought Belal, and since then, he has consistently cleaned up the bottom half of the welterweight division.

His last fight was against Dhiego Lima at UFC 258. He outboxed Lima for three whole rounds and earned a convincing unanimous decision win. This win took his win-streak to four, and he, too, hasn’t lost a fight since 2017.

Belal Muhammad and the best Twitter feed in the game

If all of this is not reason enough to turn your heads, just look at his Twitter. He is one of the funniest guys out there.

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How can you not like this guy?

He doesn’t bore you with the mundane fight promotions and sponsored ads. Instead, you get a steady supply of memes and jokes. However, don’t let his hilariousness mask the fact that this guy is a real monster in the ring. Keep an eye out for his interviews too. You won’t regret it.

Edwards might look like the safer bet going into this fight, but you shouldn’t count Belal out. You can’t. He’s one of those stalwarts of the division who are on the brink of exploding onto the scene. With a hilarious personality and some good talent, expect big things from the American.

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Aniket Awasthi

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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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