Belal Muhammad thinks he’s earned a big event fight and wants to fight Demain Maia if he does not get the Leon Edwards rematch.
Muhammad (18-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) had a massive opportunity to catapult himself into title contention when he stepped in to face Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC Fight Night 187, but the bout ended in unfortunate circumstances.
At the beginning of the second round, an inadvertent eye poke by Edwards rendered Muhammad unable to continue and the fight was ruled a no contest. The damage on Muhammad’s eye was very visible but, fortunately, he was only handed a 30-day medical suspension, and is ready to get the rematch booked in a couple of months.
Belal Muhammad says he will fight soon
Belal Muhammad is thankful he avoided serious injury from an inadvertent eye poke during a fight against Leon Edwards and now says he is will be back to fighting very soon and wants that rematch but if not then he wants another big name to fight as he thinks he has a severe a big even spot.
“I got Ramadan coming up in April,” Muhammad told MMA Junkie. “I’m still gonna be training during it, but I’m hoping maybe June. June works out perfectly for me. I just had three back-to-back camps in a row so it’s like I want that, but it’s one of those where if they’re willing to do the rematch and they want to do it sooner, I’m healthy enough to do it sooner.”
Belal Muhammad thinks it only makes sense to run things back after that ending. However, Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) has diverted his attention to Colby Covington. Muhammad said he isn’t impressed at the Brit’s change of focus.
“(What) was pissing me off more than anything was the way he was being so dismissive of it,” Belal said. “Like, ‘Oh yeah, I won the first round, all the other rounds would have been like that.’ No, it was one round and it’s a five-round fight. I’m a guy that picks it up as the fight goes on. His way of thinking is stupid honestly because if Dana White said, ‘If Leon wins against Belal, he’s next in line for a title shot,’ so if I’m so easy, why don’t you just come and take this easy fight?
“It’s gonna be the same paycheck that you’re gonna get to fight somebody else. There’s nobody else for you to fight. None of these other guys are trying to fight you, so this fight makes sense. It has a story behind it now so even in the UFC’s eyes, they can just build it back up like that.”
If Belal doesn’t get the Edwards rematch, he’ll switch his attention to a future Hall of Famer.
“I want a big fight,” Belal said. “I feel like I still earned the main event spot just being willing to take a fight on three weeks’ notice. A guy I feel like would be a good main event spot with me is Demian Maia. He’s top 10 and I feel like I deserve somebody top 10 coming off four wins in a row, so I think that fight makes sense. I haven’t gone against a real grappler in the UFC yet, so fighting a grappler, excites me. I wanna just show that side of me and to fight a legend like Demian Maia would be cool.”
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