Belal Muhammad (fighter)
July 9, 1988
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Other names||Remember the Name|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Team||Roufousport MMA Academy|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Daniel Wanderley|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Belal Muhammad (born July 9, 1988) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and competes in their welterweight division.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, to Palestinian immigrants, Muhammad began training in mixed martial arts (MMA) after he graduated with a degree in Law from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 2010.
Mixed martial arts career
After an undefeated amateur career, Muhammad turned professional in 2012. He compiled an undefeated record of 8-0, which included two victories in Bellator MMA.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On July 7, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 90, Muhammad made his UFC debut, as a short-notice replacement, against Alan Jouban. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors for their performances.
Muhammad was expected to face Lyman Good on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205. However, on October 24, Good was pulled from the card after being notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test sample collected ten days earlier. He was replaced by Vicente Luque. Muhammad lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
Muhammad was expected to face Jesse Taylor on November 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura. However, on September 13, it was announced that Taylor was pulled from the card after being notified by USADA of a potential doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test conducted on August 22. He was replaced by Tim Means. Muhammad won the fight via split decision.
Muhammad was expected to face Niko Price on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131. However, Price was removed from the bout on May 22 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by promotional newcomer Chance Rencountre. Muhammad won the fight via unanimous decision.
Muhammad was scheduled to meet Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137. However, on September 14, 2018 Muhammad was pulled from the bout and he was replace by newcomer Luigi Vendramini.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- Titan Fighting Championship
- Titan FC Welterweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||14 wins||2 losses|
|Win||14–2||Chance Rencountre||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes||June 1, 2018||3||5:00||Utica, New York, United States|
|Win||13–2||Tim Means||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura||November 19, 2017||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||12–2||Jordan Mein||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 213||July 8, 2017||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–2||Randy Brown||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 208||February 11, 2017||3||5:00||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Loss||10–2||Vicente Luque||KO (punches)||UFC 205||November 12, 2016||1||1:19||New York City, New York, United States|
|Win||10–1||Augusto Montaño||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson||September 17, 2016||3||4:09||Hidalgo, Texas, United States|
|Loss||9–1||Alan Jouban||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez||July 7, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||9–0||Steve Carl||TKO (punches)||Titan FC 38||April 30, 2016||4||4:07||Miami, Florida, United States||Won the Titan FC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Zane Kamaka||Decision (unanimous)||Titan FC 35||September 19, 2015||3||5:00||Ridgefield, Washington, United States|
|Win||7–0||Keith Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||Titan FC 33||March 20, 2015||3||5:00||Mobile, Alabama, United States||Catchweight (174 lbs) bout; Johnson missed weight.|
|Win||6–0||Chris Curtis||Decision (unanimous)||Hoosier Fight Club 21||September 13, 2014||3||5:00||Valparaiso, Indiana, United States|
|Win||5–0||A.J. Matthews||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 112||March 14, 2014||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–0||Garrett Gross||Decision (unanimous)||Hoosier Fight Club 18||November 9, 2013||3||5:00||Valparaiso, Indiana, United States|
|Win||3–0||Chris Curtis||TKO (punches)||Hoosier Fight Club 15||April 6, 2013||2||2:19||Valparaiso, Indiana, United States|
|Win||2–0||Quinton McCottrell||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 84||December 14, 2012||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Justin Brock||TKO (punches)||Hoosier Fight Club 12||August 18, 2012||1||2:17||Valparaiso, Indiana, United States||Welterweight debut.|
- "Belal Muhammad - Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
- Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) (May 24, 2017). ""(...) I was promoted to purple belt today!!!! (...)"". Instagram. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
- Zane Simon (2016-05-27). "Welcome to the UFC, Belal Muhammad". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
- Tristen Critchfield (2016-06-08). "Alan Jouban gets new opponent Belal Muhammad for UFC Fight Night on July 7". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
- Brent Brookhouse (2016-07-07). "UFC Fight Night 90 results: Alan Jouban outworks gutsy Belal Muhammad for decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
- Tristen Critchfield (2016-07-07). "UFC Fight Night bonuses: Alvarez, Jouban, Muhammad, Munhoz collect $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
- Staff (2016-07-21). "Augusto Montano vs. Belal Muhammad added to UFC Fight Night 94 in Texas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-09-17). "UFC Fight Night 94 results: Belal Muhammad drops hands on Augusto Montano for late stoppage". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
- Shaun Al-Shatti (2016-09-23). "Belal Muhammad gets quick turnaround, fights Lyman Good at UFC 205". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
- Staff (2016-10-24). "Lyman Good receives USADA notice, pulled from UFC 205". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
- Jesse Holland (2016-10-25). "Vicente Luque has Good reason to face Belal Muhammad at UFC 205". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
- Steven Marrocco (2016-11-12). "UFC 205 results: Vicente Luque ends Belal Muhammad's night in 79 seconds with vicious KO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
- Staff (2017-02-04). "With Sullivan out, Randy Brown now meets Belal Muhammad at UFC 208 in Brooklyn". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
- Ben Fowlkes (2017-02-11). "UFC 208 results: Belal Muhammad cruises past New York's Randy Brown for decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
- Daniel Austin (2017-05-25). "Lethbridge fighter Jordan Mein to battle Belal Muhammad in UFC 213". calgaryherald.com. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
- "UFC 213 results: Belal Muhammad soundly defeats Jordan Mein by unanimous decision". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2017-07-09.
- Staff (2017-08-17). "Belal Muhammad says he's fighting Jesse Taylor at UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
- Tristen Critchfield (2017-09-13). "'TUF 25' winner Jesse Taylor facing anti-doping violation, removed from UFC Fight Night 121". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
- Shawn Bitter (2017-10-11). "Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad in the works for UFC Sydney". mma-today.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "UFC Fight Night 121 results: Belal Muhammad takes split from Tim Means, calls out Colby Covington". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
- Staff (2018-04-11). "UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica gets two new bouts". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
- Staff (2018-05-22). "Belal Muhammad gets new opponent for UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
- "UFC Fight Night 131 results: Belal Muhammad makes easy work of Chance Rencountre". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
- "Belal Muhammad vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos added to UFC Fight Night 137 in Brazil". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
- "Undefeated newcomer Luigi Vendramini replaces Belal Muhammad at UFC Sao Paulo". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
- Mark La Monica (2018-11-06). "UFC on ESPN+ in Brooklyn gets its first scheduled bout". newsday.com. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
- Sherdog.com. "Belal". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-17.