The main card of UFC 263 features the Welterweight contest between number 9th ranked UFC Welterweight fighter, Demian Maia and number 11th ranked Welterweight fighter, Belal Muhammad. Here is the UFC 263 Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad Preview and Prediction.
UFC 263: Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad Preview
Demian Maia is one of the UFC veterans, who is considered as one of the most elite grapplers in UFC history. He has been a part of the promotion since 2007 and during his UFC career, he fought two times for the UFC title.
Maia first challenged the UFC legend, Anderson Silva for his Middleweight title at UFC 112. At the end of five rounds, Maia lost this fight by the unanimous decision of the judges. Then he challenged the former UFC Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley for his Welterweight title at UFC 214.
Maia lost this one too by the unanimous decision of the judges at the end but he is still one of the biggest names of the UFC Welterweight division. He is coming into this fight with a TKO loss against Gilbert Burns in his last fight.
With a win in this fight, Demian Maia will look forward to making his final run for the UFC title once again. On the other hand his opponent, Belal Muhammad is one of the rising prospects in the welterweight division.
Muhammad only lost one fight in his last ten fights and he is coming into this fight with a four-fight win streak. He last faced Leon Edwards but that fight ended as a no-contest due to an accidental eye poke from Edwards.
After a win against the former two-time title contender Maia, Belal Muhammad will look forward to climbing the rankings once again.
UFC 263: Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad Prediction
Belal Muhammad is the crowd favorite entering into this fight with betting odds of -222 in his favor against, Demian Maia who is coming into this fight as an underdog with betting odds of +200 in his favor.
This fight will be a classical match between grappler and striker and it will entertain the fans before the big fights of UFC 263.
Predicted Result: Belal Muhammad def Demian Maia