UFC welterweight contender Belal Muhammad isn’t interested in being an official backup for the future title battle in between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards, but he is open to preventing on the exact same card.
In an interview with MMA Junkie where by Muhammad also still left Kamaru Usman off his welterweight Mount Rushmore, “Remember the Name” was requested if he’d be willing to weigh in as a backup for the prepared welterweight title battle between Usman and Edwards.
Muhammad was quick to dismiss the notion of currently being a backup.
“I’d fairly be on the card with them,” Muhammad stated. “I never want to make body weight just to make fat,” Muhammad said. If I’m on a card with them, I’d rather have that. I’ll be on the exact card and then if 1 of them finishes up pulling out, I’ll hop in that way.
“If you’re actually contemplating about it, if I do conclude up battling [Khamzat] Chimaev or some thing, coaching for him would be the exact as instruction for Usman,” Muhammad spelled out.
Competing in the UFC given that 2016 and at present on a a few-struggle win streak, the 33-12 months-outdated Muhammad understands the price of a possibility at the title.
When requested if he assumed that fighters who weigh-in as backups are mentally and bodily geared up to combat, Muhammad delivered the pursuing reaction.
“For me, to get my to start with title shot and get a chance at it, I’d want it to be legit the place I know for 8 months which is all I’m targeted on.”
Currently the UFC’s #5-ranked welterweight, Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad gained a unanimous determination victory in his most recent struggle versus Vincente Luque final thirty day period.
In addition to it staying Muhammad’s second UFC most important party, the Chicago native also avenged his 2016 knockout decline to Luque. Muhammad is now on a three-struggle get streak right after his 2021 bout with Leon Edwards was stopped due to an eye poke and declared a No Contest.
If Muhammad really does intend to battle on the same card as Usman vs. Edwards, he’ll have to hold out until the combat has a verified date. There is also the problem of the opponent, as there are quite handful of welterweights rated above him adhering to that acquire more than Luque.
With Edwards set to challenge Usman for the title and Gilbert Burns coming off a reduction to Khamzat Chimaev, Colby Covington and Chimaev show up to be the only matchups that make sense if Muhammad wants to maintain climbing the welterweight rankings.
What do you feel of Muhammad’s responses on the strategy of weighing in as a backup fighter?