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Belal Muhammad: ‘I do know I generally is a champion’ | MMAWeekly.com


Precisely one month after securing a unanimous determination victory Dhiego Lima at UFC 258, no. 13 ranked welterweight Belal “Bear in mind the Title” Muhammad stepped up on brief discover to tackle no. 3 ranked welterweight Leon Edwards in the principle occasion of UFC Vegas 21.

As beforehand talked about, Muhammad was simply in Las Vegas for his combat at UFC 258. Talking at digital media day for UFC Vegas 21, Muhammad says because of this he feels the lead-up to this combat with Edwards was simpler than his preparations for Dhiego Lima.

“Truthfully, I really feel prefer it’s all part of the identical combat week. I used to be simply right here a pair weeks in the past, so now I really feel prefer it’s actually all the identical journey,” Muhammad mentioned. “I’m really far more comfy than I used to be for my final combat the place there’s not as a lot anxiousness simply trigger I used to be simply right here. I don’t must overthink something.”

That’s mindset to have when approaching any combat, not to mention Muhammad’s first major occasion in opposition to the very best ranked opponent he’s confronted in his close to five-year stint with the promotion.

Muhammad was awarded this chance after the combat was handed over by excessive rating welterweights like Colby Covington. However for Muhammad, this opportunity on the high 5 was a no brainer.

“On the finish of the day we’re prizefighters. These guys are forgetting about that, man.” Muhammad mentioned. “To be the most effective it’s a must to beat the most effective and it’s a must to combat the most effective guys.

“Everyone these days, they’re sitting there choosing and selecting who they need to combat. For me, I can beat anyone on this division. I do know I’m ok to beat anyone on this division. I do know I generally is a champion on this division. In order that’s why I’m prepared to say sure to all people, as a result of I’m not afraid of combating anyone.”

When Muhammad spoke about his opponent, he gave Leon Edwards credit score the place it’s due.

“He’s very constant. He does the precise issues [well] and he is aware of how one can win,” Muhammad mentioned. “That’s the most important factor he is aware of how one can do. Whether or not it’s by determination, submission, or knockout, he is aware of what to do to get the win and he doesn’t exit of his lane.”

Regardless of the large problem Muhammad is dealing with in Edwards, it appears clear that he’s able to rise to the event.

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