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||Roufusport (2013–present) |
Chicago Fight Team (2010–present)
Valle Flow Striking
|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 mixed martial artist who is currently competing in the UFC welterweight division. A professional since 2012, he has also competed for Bellator and Titan FC. As of November 23, 2021, he is #10 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
Muhammad was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, to Palestinian parents. He has four siblings. He wrestled in high school – Bogan High School – and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Muhammad is a Muslim.
Mixed martial arts career
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 replaced by newcomer Luigi Vendramini.
Muhammad faced Takashi Sato on September 7, 2019 at UFC 242. He won the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the third round. This win earned Muhammad his first Performance of the Night award.
Muhammad was expected to face Lyman Good on April 18, 2020 at UFC 249. However on April 4, Good pulled out due to COVID-19 infection. The bout was rebooked and eventually took place on June 20, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Muhammad was expected to face Sean Brady on December 19, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 183. However in late October, Brady had a broken nose and had to pull out of their bout, and he was replaced by Dhiego Lima. Subsequently, Muhammed was diagnosed with COVID-19 during the week leading up to the event and the bout was scrapped from the card and the bout was rescheduled to February 13, 2021 at UFC 258 Muhammad won the fight via unanimous decision.
Muhammad faced Leon Edwards on March 13, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 187. During the second round, Edwards poked Muhammad in the eye rendering him unable to continue. The fight was declared a no contest.
Muhammad is an outspoken supporter of Palestine. He displays the Palestinian flag during his octagon entrance and post-fight results. He has denounced the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, showing support for Palestinians while also condemning any anti-Semitic responses from protesters. On June 1, 2020, businesses owned by Muhammed's father and cousins in Chicago were looted and destroyed as a result of the George Floyd riots. He threw the ceremonial first pitch for the Chicago Cubs on July 28, 2021.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Titan Fighting Championship
- Titan FC Welterweight Championship (One time)
- 2019 January Fight of the Month vs. Geoff Neal
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||19 wins||3 losses|
|Win||19–3 (1)||Demian Maia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 263||June 12, 2021||3||5:00||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|NC||18–3 (1)||Leon Edwards||NC (accidental eye poke)||UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad||March 13, 2021||2||0:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Accidental eye poke rendered Muhammad unable to continue.|
|Win||18–3||Dhiego Lima||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 258||February 13, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–3||Lyman Good||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov||June 20, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–3||Takashi Sato||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 242||September 7, 2019||3||1:55||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||15–3||Curtis Millender||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 236||April 13, 2019||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||14–3||Geoff Neal||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw||January 19, 2019||3||5:00||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|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||4:19||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 lb) 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||Jimmy Fritz||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.|
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