Belal Muhammad
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Stays hot in Vegas
WelterweightUFC
June 20, 2020
Muhammad defeated Lyman Good via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Muhammad built up enough good will over the course of the first two rounds to take the decision. While Good was swinging for the bleachers with every single attempt, Muhammad took his time and picked his spots. He never had Good in any sort of real trouble but didn't make any notable mistakes, either. It got a bit dicey for Muhammad in the early portion of Round 3 when Good blasted him with some big shots, but Belal was able to survive and eventually righted the ship. Muhammad rarely gets talked about as a top fighter at 170 pounds, but he is now 8-2 in his first ten UFC bouts. The main issues for Muhammad is that six of his past seven victories have come via decision.
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Draw Lyman Good in June
WelterweightUFC
May 21, 2020
Muhammad will take on Lyman Good in a welterweight matchup at a yet-to-be-determined location on June 20, Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Muhammad and Good were set to throw down at the originally-scheduled UFC 249 in April, but the entire event was ultimately moved to May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also of note is the fact that Good reportedly tested positive for the virus, so he'll be the first known fighter to compete after a positive test. Muhammad is riding a two-fight winning streak after a Performance of the Night-winning effort against Takashi Sato last September, and he's won six of his last seven fights in the UFC overall. Good has alternated wins and losses in five UFC bouts, most recently defeating Chance Rencountre in November. Good has the higher striking volume marks over a much smaller sample size, while the wrestling figures trend in the favor of Muhammad by a significant margin. Look for Muhammad to enter as the betting favorite.
Set to fight Good at UFC 249
WelterweightUFC
February 11, 2020
Muhammad will fight Lyman Good at UFC 249 on April 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Muhammad defeated Takashi Sato at UFC 243 on Sep. 5 and has won six of his last seven fights. He will be opposed by Good, who is fresh off a TKO of Chance Rencountre at UFC 244.
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.
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.