Belal Muhammad is going into UFC 263 with the welterweight title shot in mind and believes he is just one win away from deserving that chance.
Belal Muhammad will take on Demian Maia at UFC 263 in the main card on June 13th. The event takes place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+. Muhammad will be taking on a prolific fighter in the form of Demian Maia. The opponent is coming off a loss to former welterweight contender Gilbert Burns in 2020.
Muhammad was talking to UFC Arabia and spoke about the challenge he has ahead. “There’s a blueprint for beating him and you’ve seen it with a lot of the top guys who all stuck with the same game plan of just defending the takedown and keeping it on the feet,” Muhammad told UFC Arabia. “For me, people look at his age and say he’s 42 or 43 years old, but he’s literally only lost one fight out of his last four – and he’s finished guys before that, and he’s fought only the best of the best.”
Belal Muhammad looking to keep the fight on his feet
Despite coming from his unfortunate ‘No Contest’ fight against Leon Edwards, Belal Muhammad is confident in his abilities to beat his opponent. “For his style, his jiu-jitsu style, you don’t need to be explosive. You don’t need to be the most athletic guy. He has that style, that boa constrictor style of once he gets you down, he’s just going to keep holding, holding and holding until you make a mistake. I know I’m better than him on a whole other level on the feet, so I’m just going to keep it on the feet,” said Belal to the interviewer.
“I think it just solidifies me as one of those guys that’s a contender,” Muhammad said on beating Maia. “They’re always looking for who’s the next guy for (welterweight champion Kamaru) Usman. It’s all looking at rematches. Give him Colby (Covington), give him this, but those guys aren’t competing right now. Colby’s sitting on the sideline.”