Belal Muhammad (fighter)

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Belal Muhammad
BornBelal Muhammad
(1988-07-09) July 9, 1988 (age 30)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other namesRemember the Name
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach72 in (183 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofChicago, Illinois, United States
TeamRoufousport MMA Academy
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Daniel Wanderley[2]
Years active2012-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total16
Wins14
By knockout4
By decision10
Losses2
By knockout1
By decision1
UniversityUniversity 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.[3]

Background[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Shortly after a TKO victory over Steve Carl to become the Titan Fighting Championships Welterweight Champion, and push his record to 9-0, Muhammad signed with the UFC in 2016.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On July 7, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 90, Muhammad made his UFC debut, as a short-notice replacement, against Alan Jouban.[5] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[6] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors for their performances.[7]

Muhammad next faced Augusto Montaño on September 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 94.[8] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[9]

Muhammad was expected to face Lyman Good on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205.[10] 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.[11] He was replaced by Vicente Luque.[12] Muhammad lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[13]

Muhammad was a short notice replacement and stepped in to face Randy Brown on February 11, 2017 at UFC 208.[14] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[15]

Muhammad faced Jordan Mein on July 8, 2017 at UFC 213.[16] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[17]

Muhammad was expected to face Jesse Taylor on November 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura.[18] 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.[19] He was replaced by Tim Means.[20] Muhammad won the fight via split decision.[21]

Muhammad was expected to face Niko Price on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131.[22] However, Price was removed from the bout on May 22 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by promotional newcomer Chance Rencountre.[23] Muhammad won the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Muhammad was scheduled to meet Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137.[25] However, on September 14, 2018 Muhammad was pulled from the bout and he was replace by newcomer Luigi Vendramini.[26]

Muhammad is expected to face Geoff Neal on January 19, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 143[27]

Personal life[edit]

Muhammad is a devout Muslim.[28] While he fights out of the United States for the UFC, Muhammad also represents Palestine, carrying their flag for every UFC bout.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belal Muhammad - Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) (May 24, 2017). ""(...) I was promoted to purple belt today!!!! (...)"". Instagram. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Belal-Muhammad
  4. ^ Zane Simon (2016-05-27). "Welcome to the UFC, Belal Muhammad". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-07-07). "UFC Fight Night bonuses: Alvarez, Jouban, Muhammad, Munhoz collect $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  8. ^ Staff (2016-07-21). "Augusto Montano vs. Belal Muhammad added to UFC Fight Night 94 in Texas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2016-09-23). "Belal Muhammad gets quick turnaround, fights Lyman Good at UFC 205". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  11. ^ Staff (2016-10-24). "Lyman Good receives USADA notice, pulled from UFC 205". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  12. ^ Jesse Holland (2016-10-25). "Vicente Luque has Good reason to face Belal Muhammad at UFC 205". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Staff (2017-02-04). "With Sullivan out, Randy Brown now meets Belal Muhammad at UFC 208 in Brooklyn". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Daniel Austin (2017-05-25). "Lethbridge fighter Jordan Mein to battle Belal Muhammad in UFC 213". calgaryherald.com. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  17. ^ "UFC 213 results: Belal Muhammad soundly defeats Jordan Mein by unanimous decision". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ Shawn Bitter (2017-10-11). "Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad in the works for UFC Sydney". mma-today.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  21. ^ "UFC Fight Night 121 results: Belal Muhammad takes split from Tim Means, calls out Colby Covington". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  22. ^ Staff (2018-04-11). "UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica gets two new bouts". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  23. ^ Staff (2018-05-22). "Belal Muhammad gets new opponent for UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  24. ^ "UFC Fight Night 131 results: Belal Muhammad makes easy work of Chance Rencountre". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  25. ^ "Belal Muhammad vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos added to UFC Fight Night 137 in Brazil". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  26. ^ "Undefeated newcomer Luigi Vendramini replaces Belal Muhammad at UFC Sao Paulo". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  27. ^ Mark La Monica (2018-11-06). "UFC on ESPN+ in Brooklyn gets its first scheduled bout". newsday.com. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  28. ^ https://mmajunkie.com/2018/06/ufc-utica-belal-muhammad-win-during-ramadan-god
  29. ^ Sherdog.com. "Belal". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-17.

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