Just days before taking out Dhiego Lima, Belal Muhammad has another fight.
He will replace Khamzat Chimaev to take on fellow welterweight Leon Edwards in the UFC Fight Night headliner on March 13. ESPN was the first to report the booking.
Chimaev was forced to withdraw from the bout last week due to lingering effects from COVID-19. This marks the third time a scheduled fight between Chimaev and Edwards was scrapped due to a COVID-19 case.
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— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 18, 2021
Muhammad is coming off a unanimous decision win over Lima at UFC 258 this past Saturday, Feb. 13. He is the winner of four-consecutive bouts, topping Lyman Good, Takashi Sato and Curtis Millender. His last defeat was a unanimous decision defeat to Geoff Neal at UFC Fight Night 143 in January 2019.
The 32-year-old made his promotional debut back in July 2017 and has built a 9-3 record inside the octagon. All of his defeats came under the UFC banner, falling to Alan Jouban, Vincente Luque and Neal.
Edwards is set to compete for the first time since July 2019. Edwards is on a eight-fight winning streak, including wins against names like former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson and Donald Cerrone.
The 29-year-old is 10-2 in the UFC. His last defeat was a unanimous decision loss to now-champion Kamaru Usman at UFC on FOX 17 in December 2015. His only other octagon defeat is split decision loss to Claudio Silva at UFC Fight Night 56 in November 2014.
With only three losses to his name, Edwards is yet to be finished. He currently ranks No. 3 in the UFC welterweight rankings, while Belal Muhammad sits at No. 13.
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