Belal Muhammad
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Puts on complete performance
WelterweightUFC
September 7, 2019
Muhammad defeated Takashi Sato via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:55 of Round 3 at UFC 242 in The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Muhammad came into this bout with what seemed ike a clear gameplan, as he continued firing combinations to the body and head while working his takedown game. The grappling didn't always go his way, but he was able to find the back in Round 3 and put on an expert display of hand fighting to find the choke. That finish will also earn him an extra $50,000 in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus. Muhammad has looked like a contender at various points in his career, but notable setbacks against Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal have prevented him from getting to the next level. He improves to 16-3 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Added to UFC 242
WelterweightUFC
May 13, 2019
Muhammad will take on Takashi Sato at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on Sept. 7, MMA freelance journalist Farah Hannoun reports.
ANALYSIS
Fresh off a victory at UFC 236 in April against Curtis Millender, Muhammad will look to continue proving his worth in UFC when he takes on Sato in September. Muhammad will enter the bout with a professional record of 15-3, including a 5-1 mark over his last six outings.
Strong effort in win over Curtis Millender
WelterweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Muhammad defeated Curtis Millender via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26) at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
One of the more underrated fighters on the UFC roster, Muhammad continues to go about his business. It took him a couple minutes on Saturday to get on track before dominating the final two rounds. Muhammad attempted 214 total strikes compared to just 85 from Millender, unofficially. Having shown far more good than bad (6-3) during his time with the company, Muhammad continues to prove to be valuable roster depth for the UFC.
Will fight in Atlanta
WelterweightUFC
March 15, 2019
Muhammad will face Curtis Millender at UFC Atlanta on April 13, freelance reporter Farah Hannoun reports.
ANALYSIS
All five of Muhammad's previous fights have gone to decision, and he was awarded all but one. His opponent has gone to decision in 11 of his 17 wins as a professional, so this match certainly seems like it could go the distance.
Loss snaps four-fight win streak
WelterweightUFC
January 19, 2019
Muhammad lost to Geoff Neal via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brooklyn.
ANALYSIS
Muhammad displayed exceptional toughness in what was essentially a 15-minute kickboxing match. He failed on all eight of his takedown attempts and was forced to stand and trade with the heavy-handed Neal. He got the short end of the stick, but his toughness could easily earn him a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus. While he's not a title contender, Muhammad is a perfectly capable welterweight. The loss snaps a four-fight winning streak for the 30-year-old. Muhammad is now 5-3 in his first eight UFC bouts.
Next fight booked
WelterweightUFC
December 13, 2018
Muhammad (undisclosed) will take on Geoff Neal in a welterweight matchup at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on Jan. 19, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Muhammad had been scheduled for a tough matchup againist Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC Sao Paulo in September, but was forced to withdraw due to undisclosed reasons. Considering the absolute tear that dos Santos has been on of late, that may have turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Muhammad. The 30-year-old is riding a four-fight winning streak, though each fight has gone to the judges and one was of the split variety. Neal, on the other hand, has four-straight stoppage victories dating back to his pre-UFC days. Both men stand at 5-foot-11, with a three-inch reach advantage going to Neal.