Belal Mohammad Takes Playback Against Vicente Luque:
In the main event of UFC Fight Night, Muhammad executed his game plan to near perfection.
Belal Mohammad Takes Playback Against Vicente Luque: On Saturday night, Belal Muhammad disproved any doubts about his status as one of the finest welterweights in the world by proving a conundrum too difficult for Vicente Luque to solve in the main event of UFC Fight Night.
Luque entered the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada as a slight favorite. Except for a third round in which Muhammad was repeatedly staggered by Luque, Muhammad was in complete control of the fight. Muhammad perplexed his opponent by moving from side to side along the fence line, making it impossible for Luque to establish a rhythm or hit straight blows. When Luque was caught up in striking exchanges, Muhammad used whipping body kicks to score points from a distance and landed takedowns.
Muhammad scored takedowns in each of the first four rounds, with the exception of the third, when he was rocked by Luque. Muhammad, on the other hand, did well not to panic, instead of moving in, throwing strikes, and eventually luring Luque into leaving an opportunity for a takedown. Muhammad received a unanimous decision, with two judges giving it a 49-46 score and one judge giving it a 48-47 score.
Muhammad spoke with UFC analyst Daniel Cormier after his fight and called out Colby Covington. He chastised “Chaos” for challenging lightweights like Dustin Poirier and taking fights against Jorge Masvidal and Tyron Woodley, both of whom had lost their previous fights. Muhammad also took a moment to thank his Palestinian brothers and sisters, saying that his fight in the Octagon was nothing compared to what they fight for on a daily basis.
With victories over Luque, Stephen Thompson, and Demian Maia, Muhammad (21-3, 1 NC) extended his unbeaten streak to eight. Luque (21-8-1) was defeated, ending his four-fight winning streak.