Former two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson is set to fight new rising talent, Belal Muhammad, at the UFC Fight Night event which is scheduled to take place in December 2021. UFC Fight Night 199 is set to take place at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States. The card is targeted to be headlined by the heavyweight matchup between Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus. A women’s strawweight bout between Amanda Lemos and Nina Nunes was scheduled for the event but Nunes has pulled out and is replaced by Angela Hill. Also fights between Raphael Assuncao vs. Ricky Simon at bantamweight and Diego Ferreira vs. Mateusz Gamrot at lightweight is set for this card.
The news of the fight was first reported by MMAjunkie.com.
The fight between Stephen Thompson and Belal Muhammad will be an important matchup considering the landscape of the UFC’s welterweight division. The UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has defeated most of the fighters in the top 5 of the division. The division needs some new face to step up and challenge the champion. Kamaru Usman has defended his title against Colby Covington twice, Jorge Masvidal twice, and against Gilbert Burns. The winner of Stephen Thompson and Belal Muhammad will be getting a crack into the top contenders in the division and then may challenge the champion in the future.
Stephen Thompson is always considered as the gatekeeper of the UFC’s welterweight division. Stephen Thompson has challenged for the title twice before against Tyron Woodley but lost both those fights. He was recently on a two-fight winning streak but then lost a lopsided decision to Gilbert Burns. He still is the no.5 ranked welterweight contender in the world and if he is successful in stopping Belal Muhammad in his tracks then it will be a great chance for Stephen Thompson to jump ahead of everyone and get a title shot against Kamaru Usman.
Belal Muhammad is currently ranked no.9 in the UFC welterweight rankings. Muhammad made his UFC debut, as a short-notice replacement, against Alan Jouban. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. He then won a fight and lost the next one. Belal then gained some momentum and secured four consecutive wins. Belal is 9-1-1 in his last 11 UFC fights. He is riding a five-fight winning streak. In his last fight, he dominated UFC veteran Demian Maia and won the fight via decision. If he gets a win over Stephen Thompson he might get higher in the ranking and closer to his dream of fighting for the title.
UFC Fight Night 199 card:
- Chris Daukaus vs. Derrick Lewis
- Belal Muhammad vs. Stephen Thompson
- Angela Hill vs. Amanda Lemos
- Abusupiyan Magomedov vs. Gerald Meerschaert
- Darren Elkins vs. Cub Swanson
- Anthony Hernandez vs. Dustin Stoltzfus
- Don’Tale Mayes vs. Josh Parisian
- Raphael Assuncao vs. Ricky Simon
- Jordan Leavitt vs. Matt Sayles
- Harry Hunsucker vs. Justin Tafa
- Julia Avila vs. Raquel Pennington
- Andre Ewell vs. Charles Jourdain
- Raoni Barcelos vs. Trevin Jones
- Sijara Eubanks vs. Melissa Gatto
- Diego Ferreira vs. Mateusz Gamrot
- Stephen Thompson vs Belal Muhammad set for UFC Fight Night 199
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