Belal Muhammad overwhelms Vicente Luque, continues his rise up the UFC welterweight rankings.
Belal Muhammad silenced any doubt that he is one of the best welterweights in the world on Saturday night at UFC Vegas 51 inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was a fight in which Muhammad survived a few rough patches but in the end he managed the bout and earned unanimous decision win in his rematch with Vicente Luque.
“This was my hump I had to get over,” Muhammad said afterwards. “He knocked me out. Now what do you got to say? I won. I knew it was going to be one of my hardest challenges.
“I knew Luque was the best of both worlds [with striking and grappling] and he knocked me out so he had that over me. It showed that I can do it all. I can wrestle with the best. I can strike with the best. I can grapple with the best.”
Luque and Muhammad originally collided at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, 2016, with ‘The Silent Assassin’ emerging victorious via first-round knockout.
UFC Vegas 51:
- Belal Muhammad def. Vicente Luque by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-47)
- Caio Borralho def. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev by technical decision (29-27 x3)
- Andre Fialho def. Miguel Baeza by TKO (punches) at 4:39 of Round One
- Mayra Bueno Silva def. Yanan Wu unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
- Pat Sabatini def. T.J. Laramie by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
- Mounir Lazzez def. Ange Loosa by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Devin Clark def. William Knight by TKO (elbow and punches) at 3:21 of Round Three
- Pannie Kianzad def. Lina Lansberg by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
- Drakkar Klose def. Brandon Jenkins by TKO (punches) at 0:33 of Round Two
- Rafa Garcia def. Jesse Ronson by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:50 of Round Two
- Chris Barnett def. Martin Buday by technical decision (30-27 x3)
- Jordan Leavitt def. Trey Ogden by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
- Sam Hughes def. Istela Nunes by majority decision (29-27 x2, 28-28)
- Alatengheili def. Kevin Croom by TKO (punches) at 0:47 of Round One