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Belal Muhammad

AGE

30

RECORD

14-2-0

REACH

72”

HEIGHT

14-2-0

WEIGHT

170LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

ROUFUSPORT ACADEMY

HOMETOWN

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT APRIL 2019 UFC 236 – VS CURTIS MILLENDER

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Millender opens the fight with a couple of straight punches but he is out of range. Muhammad takes the outside position and lands a double jab. A nice inside leg kick lands for Muhammad. Both fighters are busy with the jabs to the body. A nice leg kick lands for Millender. Another one lands for Millender. He is looking sharp. Muhammad is looking for his range. He lands a nice left hook. Muhammad moves in with a one-two and lands a right hand. 1st min in, nice hook to the body lands for Muhammad! He is slowly finding his rhythm. Millender is flat-footed. He is an easy target for Muhammad. Millender lands a couple of leg kicks. Muhammad responds with a big body-head combination. Millender sticks with a jab. Both fighters are letting their hands go. Muhammad scores with a double jab. Millender slides away. Halfway in, Muhammad is pressing forward and landing with a jab. He explodes with an uppercut but eats a right over the top. Muhammad closes the distance and initiates the clinch against the fence. Millender is defending the takedown. Muhammad has an under hook. Millender has a hard time separating. Both fighters are fighting for the hooks. Muhammad drops for a single leg. Millender is displaying fantastic takedown defense. 1 min to go, Muhammad continues with the clinch. He separates and eats an eye poke on the separation. The referee stops the fight. The fight continues in the center. Stiff jab lands for Millender. He starts using his range advantage. Big jab lands for Millender! He follows with the right hand and cracks Muhammad! Big kick to the body lands for Millender! 10-9 Muhammad

Rd 2 – Muhammad takes the center and starts pressing forward. Millender is keeping his distance with a jab. Muhammad quickly closes the distance and initiates the clinch against the fence. He wants to avoid the distance fight. Muhammad is working for a takedown. He level changes for a single leg. Millender is defending well. Millender separates. 1st min in, Both fighters exchange jabs. Millender is looking more relaxed. He is landing from the distance. Muhammad lands a nice left hook. Nice left hook lands for Millender. Both fighters are flat-footed. Muhammad fires a straight right but eats a hard right counter. A nice step in uppercut lands for Muhammad. He follows with the left hook and connects! Muhammad is outboxing Millender. Halfway in, Muhammad dives for a double leg and sores the takedown. Muhammad takes the half guard position. Millender is controlling the posture from the bottom. Muhammad stays busy with the left hand. Millender has a hard time finding his way up to his feet. Muhammad is putting strong pressure on Millender. Millender is breathing heavily on the bottom. 1 min to go, Muhammad doesn’t give Millender any space to work. He is landing nice short punches. Millender scrambles and takes the full guard. Big elbows are landing for Muhammad! He postures and continues to demolish Millender with the punches! 10-9 Muhammad

 

Rd 3 – Muhammad takes the center. Millender opens the round with a couple of leg kicks. Muhammad is light on his feet. He explodes with the right hand but he is out of the range. Muhammad dives for a single leg and follows with a big uppercut! Millender absorbs the shot well. Muhammad is out landing Millender. 1st min in, Big right hand lands for Millender! Big left hand followed with the right hook land for Muhammad! He follows with the double leg takedown and gets the half guard position! Muhammad is on fire! Millender is already looking desperate on the bottom. He tries to explode from the bottom but Muhammad is displaying strong top control. Muhammad is putting strong pressure on Millender. He is a much better grappler. Muhammad postures and lands a couple of left hands. Halfway in, Millender is not offering any defense. He is just holding on the bottom. Muhammad steps into the full mount! Millender is in trouble! Big punches are landing for Muhammad! Millender scrambles and gets the half guard back. Muhammad steps into the side control. Millender is not defending at all. 1 min to go, Big elbow lands for Muhammad! He is in the full mount once again! Big shots are landing for Muhammad! Millender gives his back! Muhammad is working for a rear-naked choke! It is all Muhammad in this round! Millender tries to stand up but Muhammad follows him with more punches. Millender manages to stand in the last seconds of the fight. 10-9 Muhammad

WATCH FIGHT

LAST FIGHT JANUARY 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 143 – VS GEOFF NEAL

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Neal is in the southpaw stance. Muhammad is in the orthodox. Muhammad is immediately switching his stances. Neal takes the center and starts putting pressure on Muhammad. Both fighters are feeling each other. Muhammad is throwing a lot of faints. He is moving on the outside and setting up his timing. 1st min in Muhammad starts working with the kicks. Neal times the kick and explodes with the left hand and lands. Neal follows the attack with the clinch. Muhammad separates. Neal is looking patient. He explodes with a nasty kick to the body and lands! Neal is looking confident. He lands a couple of nice left hands. Muhammad responds with a double leg takedown attempt. Halfway in, Neal shows great takedown defense. Neal is walking Muhammad down. Neal is loading the left hand. He moves forward and connects with the left straight! Neal cuts the movement and lands a stiff kick to the body. Muhammad has a hard time keeping his distance. Another left hand lands for Neal. Muhammad fires a one-two and lands. 1 min to go, Neal goes high with the kick, blocked by Muhammad. Neal explodes with the nasty left hand and lands! Muhammad absorbs the shot. Muhammad dives for another single leg attempt. Neal easily defends and initiates the clinch. Neal backs off as the round ends. 10-9 Neal

Rd 2 – Muhammad opens the round with a leg kick. He goes high with the kick, blocked by Neal. Neal continues to walk Muhammad down. Big kick to the body lands for Muhammad. Muhammad moves forward and lands a double left hand! Muhammad has a hard time defending the left straight. 1st min in, Neal is outboxing Muhammad. He lands a nice one-two. Muhammad counters with a nice short uppercut. Muhammad is throwing more punches in this round. Neal times the attacks and lands another nasty left hand! Muhammad shoots for a single leg. He gets the single but fails to complete the takedown. Fighters are back in the center. Neal is throwing a lot of faints. Muhammad starts mixing his punches to the head and body. He moves forward and lands a nice one-two combination. It looks like Muhammad has found his range in this round. Halfway in, Neal is patient, he is looking to explode with the left hand. Muhammad fires a hook to the body. Neal responds with another left hook. Muhammad lands another hard hook to the body! Muhamad is working the body of Neal the entire round. 1 min to go, Muhammad, is the aggressor. He dives for a single leg but Neal is able to defend once again. Nice one-two lands for Neal. Neal slips the left hand and lands a nice uppercut to the body. Muhammad responds with a hook to the body and clinches. Neal explodes with a big right hand on the separation! He moves in for a kill and lands a stiff left hand! 10-9 Neal

Rd 3 –  Neal comes out aggressive and lands a nice one-two. Muhammad takes the center and starts putting pressure on Neal. Neal sees the opening and lands a straight left hand. Neal is looking confident. He is moving forward hands high and exploding with the left hand. 1st min in Muhammad dives for a single leg, easily defended by Neal. Muhammad goes high with the head kick, blocked by Neal. Neal is showing great standup defense. Neal establishes the jab. Muhammad has a bloody face. He dives for another takedown. Neal defends the takedown and lands a nasty left hand on the separation! Another left lands and Muhammad goes down! Neal follows him to the mat and starts unloading with more ground and pound strikes! Muhammad recovers and explodes back to his feet. Halfway in, nice kick to the body lands for Muhammad. He is all busted up. Neal continues with the pressure and lands another left hand. Muhammad is clearly slowing down. Neal is much faster during the exchanges. Muhammad is missing a lot of punches. He is looking desperate. Neal fires a head kick and lands! Muhammad goes down!!! He jumps right back to his feet! How is he still in this fight! 1 min to go, Muhammad moves forward and lands a one-two combination! Neal closes the distance and eats a left hook. Muhammad explodes with a flying knee, misses. Muhammad is showing his big heart. He is swinging and trying to finish the fight as the round ends. 10-9 Neal

Watch Fight

june 2018 UFC fight night 131 – VS chance rencountre

RESULT – won via 3 RD unanimous decision

Analysis
Rd 1 – Mohammad takes the center. Muhammad in the orthodox stance, Rencounter in the southpaw. Rencountre moves around. Muhammad with the wide guard. Rencountre misses with a left hand. 1st min in. Not much action, fighters still measuring the range.  Leg kick lands for Rencountre. Muhammad with power right, misses. Leg kick for Muhammad. Another. Counter leg kick from Rencountre. Muhammad moves in and lands a overhand right. Muhammad is finding his rhythm. Leg kick for Muhammad. Halfway in. Muhammad controlling Rencountre with the leg kicks. Step in right hand lands for Muhammad as Rencounter pushes for a single leg, Muhammad escapes. Inside leg kick lands for Muhammad. Another leg kick from Muhammad. Again Muhammad with a step in right hand. Rencountre is lowering his hands in order to defend the takedown, Muhammad always capitalize on this and lands a right hand. Leg kick for Muhammad and another right hand. 1 min to go. Straight right hand for Muhammad. Rencounter couldn’t time his combinations. Hard inside leg kick lands for Rencountre. Step in right hands from Muhammad, missed. Round ends. 10-9 Muhammad.
Rd 2 – Muhammad takes the center. Inside leg kick for Muhammad. Muhammad is controlling the fight pace. Right hook and a left straight lands for Muhammad. Muhammad steps in with a jab. Muhammad is timing his punches perfectly. 1st min in. Muhammad level changes and shoots for a takedown, he takes the double leg and takes Rencounter to the mat. Guard position for Muhammed as he lands couple of right hands. Rencounter scrambles and gets back up. They return to the center. Rencounter is waiting for a Muhammed to step in the punching range. Leg kick lands for Muhammed followed by step in body shot. Halfway in. Hard crossing right hand for Muhammad. Body kick from Rencounter. Counter left for Muhammad. Muhammad looks relaxed and waits for the opening. Muhammad ducks under and looks for a double leg, defended by Rencounter. Muhammad continuing to andvance. 1 min to go. Rencounter couldn’t  land anything. Left hand lands for Muhammad. Front kick to the head for Muhammad, just missed. Stiff double jab for Muhammad followed by spinning back kick as the round ends. Rencounter looks frustrated at the end of the round. 10-9 Muhammad.

Rd 3 – Rencounter opens the round with a jab. Southpaw stance for Rencounter, orthodox for Muhammad. Rencounter is moving forward. Left hand lands for Rencounter. Muhammad takes the center again and lands a right hand. Counter left from Muhammad. Muhammad looks much faster. 1st min in. Leg kick lands for Muhammad, another counter right hand from Muhammad. Rencounter has to change something in his attacks. Counter left hook from Muhammad. Another. Rencounter looks predictable in his attacks. Hard inside leg kick lands for Rencounter. Halfway in. Muhammad shoots for a double leg and takes Rencounter down and takes his back. Muhammad tries with a ground and pound as Recnounter returns to his feet. Muhammad fakes with the left and lands a hard right hand. Muhammad shoots for a double and takes Rencounter again. Rencounter scrambles as Muhammad makes the transition to Rencountres back. 1 min to go. Muhammad is looking for a guillotine choke, great defense from Rencounter. Rencounter scrambles and returns to his feet as the round ends. 10-9 Muhammad.

november 18 2017 ufc fight night 121 – Vs tim means

RESULT – won via 3 RD  split decision

Analysis
Rd 1 – Muhammad takes the center. Orthodox stances for Muhammad, southpaw stance for Means. Means opens the round with a leg kick. Means lands two straight lefts as Muhammad circles away. Step in right lands for Muhammad. Inside leg kick from Muhammad. Means pushes forward as Muhammad counters with a combination.  Muhammad is moving backwards and Means pressures forward and lands a hard leg kick. 1st min in.  Means is chasing Muhammad as Muhammad explodes and lands a right hand. Jab lands for Muhammad. Muhammad faking a lot of punches as he tries to set up the combination. Short right hook for Muhammad. Body shot-left hand over the top lands for Muhammad. Muhammad is feeling more confident during the exchanges. Means has a trouble with timing the counter punches. Counter left lands for Muhammad. Halway in.  Muhammad is more active. Leg kick for Muhammad, Means counters with a inside leg kick. Muhammad is very fast in his counter combinations, he catches Means every time he steps in. Muhammad has a lot of success in closing the range despite the reach advantage for Means. Hard right hand lands for Muhammad. Left hook over the top for Muhammad as he continues with the one two combination. 1 min in. Muhammad is moving in different directions as Means waits for a counter. Stiff jab from Muhammad. Spinning back fist attempt for Means. 10-9 Means.
Rd 2 – Fighters are in the center as Means walks Muhammad down. Jab- right hand over the top lands for Muhammad. Muhammad shoots for a single and takes Means to the mat. Half guard position for Muhammad. 1 min in. Muhammad stands as fighters return to the center. Muhammad is slowing down with his movement. He becomes more stationary. Front kick to the body from Means. Jab lands for Means. Leg kick lands for Muhammad. Halfway in. Means finding his rhythm. Counter left lands for Means.  Leg kick lands for Means. Means catches Muhammad coming forward with a left hook, Muhammad goes down but immediately is back on his feet.  Means is more confident. Nice leg kick from Means. Counter right for Means. Another leg kick for Means. 1 min to go. Muhammad shoots for a double, great defense from Means. Overhand right lands for Muhammad. Muhammad pushes forward as Means counters with the short punches. Round ends. 10 – 9 Muhammad.

Rd 3 – Means opens the round with a switch kick to the head. Both fighters trade shots. Means takes the center. Great head movement from Means as Muhammed tries to set up the combination. Hard leg kick for Means. 1st min in. Muhammad takes the center. Means goes high with a kick, blocked by Muhammad. Means poked Muhammad in the eye. Referee stops the fight. Muhammad seems to be fine. Fight continues. Head kick from Muhammad, blocked by Means. Muhammad is more active in this round. Means level changes and shoots for a single leg, Muhammad goes backwards and escapes. Muhammad is throwing a lot of punches but misses with the most of them in this round. Muhammad fakes the level change and lands a one-two combination. Hallway in. Front body kick from Means as Muhammad pushes for a takedown, easily defended by Means. Body shot lands for Means. Muhammad throwing with more power. Head kick lands for Muhammad as he pushes for a takedown. Defended by Means. Hard one-two combination from Muhammad as Means showing his great chin. Another. Both fighters trade body shots. 1 min to go. Muhammad fires the right hand, slips away from the counter shot and lands another left hand, beautiful work from Muhammad. Counter left lands for Means. Muhammad is the aggressor as Means counters with the nice elbow. Spinning back kick attempt from Means, misses. Muhammad fires the spinning back fist as the round ends. 10-9 Muhammad.

JULY 8 2017 UFC 213 – VS JORDAN MEIN

RESULT – WON VIA RD3 UNANIMOUS DECISION

Analysis

Rd 1 – Both fighters in the orthodox stance. Fighters trade leg kick for the round opening. Body kick from Muhammad. Muhammad shoots for a double leg, well defended by Mein. Mein lands coupe of leg kicks. Hard right hand from Muhammad. 1st min. Muhammad moves around as Mein looks patient and waits for the opening. Hard leg kicks from Mein. Uppercut missed from Muhammad. Muhammad has the problem with timing his shots, he is missing a lot of his shots. Means continues to attack the legs. Halfway in. Muhammad fakes the right hand, resets and fakes another right hand and switches for a takedown. Defended by Means. Muhammad continues for a clinch and lands a head kick on the separation. Another right for Muhammed. Meins showing great head movement and keeps his distasnce with the kick. Stiff jabs landing for Muhammad. Mein catches the kick and lands a hard low kick to he back leg of Muhammad. 1 min to go. Muhammad takes the center and level changes, Mein defended but roll to the right and gives his back to Muhammad. Body lock for Muhammad. Mein separates the hands but Muhammad continues with the clinch. Elbows landing from Muhammad as the round ends. 10-9 Mein.

Rd 2 – Mein opens the round with a leg kick. Uppercut missed from Muhammad. Beautiful leg kick from Mein as Muhammad counters with the body kick. Muhammad shoots for a takedown, defended by Mein as fighters are in the clinch. 1st min in. Hard elbow lands for Mein. Mein trying to get out of the clinch as Muhammad scores a takedown but Mein returns in his feet. Counter right hand over the top lands for Mein. Muhammad slowing down with his movement. Muhammad continues to explode with his punches as Mein is working with the leg kicks. Halfway in. Right hand over the top for Muhammad. Muhammad pressures with the body shots. Left hook lands for Muhammad. Mein is bleeding from his left eye. Mein is clearly slowing down as he breaths from his mouth. Muhammad pushes for a clinch, Elbow lands for Muhammad. 1 min to go. Muhammad locks the hands and looks for a takedown. Mein stretches the legs but Muhammad lifts him up and takes Mein down. Top position for Muhammad as he pushes for a half guard position. Mein scrambles as the round ends. 10-9 Muhammad.

Rd 3 – Muhammad takes the initiative and lands a body kick. Muhammad pushes for a clinch as Mein scrambles and reverses, Muhammad is right back on. Mein up against the fence. Muhammad lands the left hands from the clinch. 1 min in. Muhammad takes Meins back and takes him down. Mein shoots for a kimura as Muhammad scrambles and escapes, Muhammad controlling Mein and pushes him down again. Both fighters scrambles as Muhammad takes Meins back. Both hooks in for Muhammad. Halfway in. Body triangle for Muhammad as he is looking to set up the rear naked choke.  Hard body shots from Muhammad. Muhammad is feeling very relaxed and comfortable in this position. Mein scrambles and almost escapes. Mein is back on his feet. Hard knees by Muhammad. 1 min to go. Muhammad controlling most of the round. Mein tries to escape and shoots for a kimura but he doesn’t have control of the body. Fighters scramble as Mein pushes for a clinch. Mein is trying score a takedown as the round ends. 10-9 Muhammad.

RECORD BREAKDOWN

16 MATCHES      14 WINS     2 LOSSES

KNOCKOUT             4                 1

SUBMISSION           0                 0

DECISION                 10               1

DRAW                                  0

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Muhammad is the former TITAN FC welterweight champion. He has a strong wrestling offense and phenomenal boxing.
  • Muhammad has 6th highest striking rate among active UFC fighters (4.63 per min)
  • Muhammad has a very fast counter combinations. Against Means, he was catching him every time Means pushed forward.
  • Muhammad has a very nice step in right hand. It seems that this punch is his favorite weapon as he was landing this shot couple of times in his last two fights.
  • Against Means and Rencounter he showed his strong wrestling. He managed to take them down couple of time and control them on the ground.
  • Muhammad likes to move a lot on the outside. This helps him a lot in his defense and unpredictable offense, but it takes a lot of energy from him.
  • After two rounds of constant movement, Mohammad becomes very stationary in all of his fights. He needs to improve his conditioning.
  • Against taller opponents he has a tendency to shoot for a single leg.
  • Muhammad has a tendency to lower his left hand during the step in combinations. Mens landed a perfect counter right which drops Muhammad to the mat.
  • Muhammad has the attacks from all angles. He mixes his combination. Against Means, he was faking the level changes and landing a one-two combination.