The number 9th ranked UFC Welterweight fighter, Belal Muhammad is on a dream run inside the Welterweight division. Muhammad lost only one out of his last 11 fights and secured a victory against the former title challenger Demian Maia in his latest fight at UFC 263.
With this win, he came one step closer to the title shot at the already stacked Welterweight division. The top contender Stephen Thompson and Gilbert Burns are already booked to face each other at UFC 264 and Leon Edwards is already in the title mix after his win against Nate Diaz.
Now, Belal Muhammad is aiming to face any big name in the division and according to him, only Colby Covington doesn’t fit into this title mix. In his latest interview with MMA Junkie, Muhammad says,
“I still don’t understand why Colby’s getting the title fight, yeah, it was a great fight, but you got your jaw broken and you’ve been sitting on the sidelines ever since that fight.”
Muhammad was referring to Covington’s last loss against Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 and since then he has fought only once against Tyron Woodley. He added, “Usman fought three times since that fight, and you’re just sitting out,”
“It’s not like you’re a huge pay-per-view draw. It’s not like if I’m Usman, I’m like, ‘Yeah, let me get that Colby fight, I’m gonna get 800,00 pay-per-views.’ The first one did 200,000 pay-per-views, so it’s not like you’re gonna make a big payday with that, regardless.”
Belal Muhammad wants to face Colby Covington more than Leon Edwards
Before his fight against Demian Maia, Muhammad faced Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC Fight Night 187 but unfortunately, that fight ended as a no-contest after an accidental eye poke from Edwards.
Now, Belal Muhammad believes he is past Edwards and he wants to face Covington more than anyone. He added, “I want Colby more than anybody, the hatred I have for that guy is levels above Leon. Of course, I want Leon back just because of the way that one ended, but Colby’s still a level above him.”
He added, “I’ve been calling out Colby since I fought in Australia against Tim Means, I’ve always wanted to fight Colby Covington. With this last fight showing that I can defend a takedown, it shows people that it will be a great matchup.”
“It will be a fun matchup to see what happens if Colby can’t get a takedown, what’s he gonna do?”