Belal Muhammad is not going to sit around and wait for an opportunity, he is calling out the ex-champ.
The landscape of the UFC welterweight division is a bit crazy right now. The champion Leon Edwards is fresh off his second win over former champion Kamaru Usman in a row. Now he is already slated for his next defense against number two-ranked Colby Covington. The quick rush to make this matchup might have left a few contenders high and dry. One of whom being Belal Muhamamd.
Many believed that Muhammad would be next for a title shot considering he has won eight fights in a row, with his only blemish being a no-contest when he fought Edwards. Instead, now Muhammad is left without a fight and no clear path to the title shot. He does however have a plan to get himself there.
Muhammad has been steadily rising up the rankings over the past few years. He is the only man other than Edwards in the top five with a winning streak of over six in the UFC. He wanted the next shot at the belt but now thinks he knows a way to be undeniably next, he wants to take out Usman. He spoke about this to Jesse on Fire on YouTube.
“I’m looking at it and I’m looking at the landscape and I’m like I do think it needs to be somebody that is considered “the guy,” he said. “I think that Kamaru, ex-champion, he beat Colby twice I think that fight makes all the sense in the world. He was a guy that people considered the GOAT from the welterweight division, I go out there and like you said starch him, beat him dominantly there’s no denying me after that right?”
There are other factors that might stand in Muhammad’s way, including Conor McGregor. McGregor is taking on Michael Chandler at 170 pounds later this year and has claimed the rights to a title shot with a win. Also, Jorge Masvidal is facing Gilbert Burns this week and has also put in his request for the shot. Muhammad’s plan is to beat Usman and make headlines doing it. However, first Usman must take the fight.