After securing a dominant victory over Demian Maia, Bela Muhammad thinks he deserves the rematch with Leon Edwards more than ever now. They faced each other at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad, but the fight ended in a controversial way due to an illegal eye pock from Leon.
Leon just faced Nate Diaz at UFC 263, and even though he won the fight people believe he blew his chance at the title shot, talking about this, Edwards said, “It was the UFC handing him something, where they wanted him to blow up. They wanted to steal Nate Diaz’s fans. They wanted him to do what Masvidal did to him, but he couldn’t do it.”
“I feel like he lost more in that fight than he gained,” Muhammad continued. “Because he’s calling for the title fight, he thinks he deserves this, he thinks he deserves that. Just seeing what Masvidal did to Nate Diaz and you see what Leon did to Nate Diaz, yeah, he dominated it, but that last 30 seconds was the worst thing that could have happened to him.”
“It just gave Dana White and the UFC a reason not to give you the title fight. You sat there, you think you’re one of the best in the world, but you couldn’t finish Nate Diaz, who has one win in the last 10 years. I feel like he blew it in that fight.”
“I would give him a title fight,” Belal Muhammad claims the road to title for Leon Edwards goes through him
Muhammad truly believes the rematch with Edwards makes more sense than ever, “I’ll say that to people, and people will be like, ‘Oh, you’re just butthurt,’” he said. “But I’m like, think about it.”
“He hasn’t fought anybody that’s ranked right now, except for Luque about 10 years ago,” Muhammad said. “He beat dos Anjos, who’s a 55er. He beat Cerrone, who’s a 55er. He beat Nate Diaz, who’s a 55er. Yeah, he has a huge winning streak. He hasn’t really beat a real 170-pounder.”
“I don’t even think he should be top-three, if you’re really thinking about it. That’s not even me hating. Dude’s on a 10-fight winning streak. I would give him a title fight.