UFC is returning to action this Sunday as welterweight contenders Vicente Luque (21–7–1) and Belal Muhammad (20–3, 1NC) lock horns in a rematch which will serve as the main event of UFC Vegas 51 set to take place at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.
The pair had originally clashed at UFC 205 back in November 2016 in which Luque picked up a first round knockout win over Muhammad. Currently ranked fifth in the welterweight rankings, the American-born Brazilian has been on a four fight win streak and was last seen in action against Michael Chiesa at UFC 265 in August last year, picking up a 1st round submission win.
Since the defeat against Luque, Muhammad has remained undefeated in all but one fight and is now the 6th ranked UFC welterweight. He last fought on the undercard of UFC Vegas 45 in December, defeating Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision.
Heading into the fight, Vicente Luque (1.6) is the favorite to win the match while Belal Muhammad (2.45) serves as the underdog.
Let’s compare the fight metrics:
Significant Strikes Landed per Minute: 5.65
Significant Striking Accuracy: 54%
Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute: 5.67
Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land): 52%
Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes: 0.64
Takedown Accuracy: 50%
Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land): 64%
Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes: 1.0
Significant Strikes Landed per Minute: 4.55
Significant Striking Accuracy: 43%
Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute: 3.61
Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land): 59%
Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes: 2.20
Takedown Accuracy: 33%
Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land): 91%
Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes: 0.2
UFC Vegas 51 Main Card Betting Odds
Welterweight: Vicente Luque (1.6) vs. Belal Muhammad (2.45)
Prediction: Vicente Luque wins
Middleweight: Caio Borralho (2.2) vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev (1.71)
Prediction: Caio Borralho wins
Welterweight: Miguel Baeza (1.50) vs. Andre Fialho (2.55)
Prediction: Miguel Baeza wins
Women Bantamweight: Mayra Bueno Silva (1.22) vs. Wu Yanan (4.5)
Prediction: Mayra Bueno Silva wins
Featherweight: Pat Sabatini (1.23) vs. TJ Laramie (4.3)
Prediction: Pat Sabatini wins
Welterweight: Mounir Lazzez (1.5) vs. Ange Loosa (2.7)
Prediction: Ange Loosa wins
Watch UFC Fight Night – Luque vs. Muhammad LIVE on SONY TEN 2 (English), SONY TEN 3 (Hindi) & SONY TEN 4 (Tamil & Telugu) channels on 17th April 2022 from 6:00 AM IST.