Belal Muhammad Interview: Fighting Vicente Luque, breaking down Burns vs. Chimaev | ESPN MMA
2023 ж. 28 Нау.
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ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto chats with Belal Muhammad about his upcoming rematch against Vicente Luque, the state of the UFC welterweight division and more.
0:00 He was initially offered fights with Khamzat Chimaev and Gilbert Burns
4:04 Will he finish more fights thaT are five rounds?
8:08 This is the final bout on his contract
10:10 Scouting Luque
12:50 Looking back at their first fight
17:34 Thoughts on Burns vs. Chimaev
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Belal Muhammad has landed 750 significant strikes without scoring a single knockdown in his UFC career. Only one other man in the UFC (Aljamain Sterling) currently has more than even 900 landed with 0 knockdowns.
More then anything you’ll ever do with your life , but keep posting stats in KZhead comments bro, you’re killing it in life !!
@Hm Sp aljo won Saturday keep crying
@Snuffle bunns spoken like a true casual
@MrHabib135 Because i dont fight or sport bro. I make money. How much money you have stacked brother? U have 90-100 thousand euro/dollar on the side. Do you have that? you poor muslim guy.
This guy's fighting style is barely any less exciting than Colby's, but everyone hates on him because he acts like a normal human being rather than an intellectually incapacitated sixteen year old.
Belal Mohamed is a nice gentleman. In his fights, he's a chameleon. The best tactic in any human endeavour. For that, we need to gather lots of experience with different people.
@GnosticVision You were right. I should have made it clear.
@Axmed Bahjad yeah, I was nitpicking.. sometimes I can't help myself
@GnosticVision I didn't mean that. Only competitions.
I can't agree that being a chameleon is the best in ANY human endeavour, such as cultivating true friendship f.x that would make you a bad person, morally
I agree 💯
This guy is one of the only guys that's called out Chimaev I think. Along with Magny.
@friend lol f off. First you guys say "no one wanted the fight". Fighters call him out, then it's "oh they knew it wouldn't happen". Whats next..."Burns never wanted the fight, he just didn't know he was fighting Khamzat on the night"
Leon Edwards too
Such a humble guy , very intelligent and big potential , everything he says is interesting , i could listen to him for hours and not get bored all the best in your next fight brother im cheering for you
Seeing Belal act like he ever had a chance against khamzat is comical
@canelo L + Ratio
@canelo 19/20 media outlets scored it for khamzat bruv. It’s okay, you can admit that you were cheering for Gilbert and you’re upset he didn’t win
Why not? Burns just exposed khamzat and got robbed
Easy to say he “wanted” the Chimaev fight when it’s not actually happening. Like, did he REALLY want it? Lol
It makes perfect sense. Chimaev is the guy with the most hype, if you truly believe in your abilities like Belal does a win over Luque isn't gonna get you a title shot but a win over Chimaev guarantees it. And at that point Chimaevs best win was Li Jingliang
@Tray read the thread my dude……..
He asked for the fight plenty of times when no one else was willing. I think you could say he really wanted it
@Muhammad Zariff If you cannot figure out Charley was clearly saying that it is easy to SAY and ASK that you wanted that fight, but it is completely different if he ACTUALLY had a shot and rejected that fight. Many fighters have said they wanted a fight and then we see they started asking for more money and all kinds of other things just to get the UFC to reject it.
Belal will surprise everyone by winning against Luque inshallah. Let's go brother💪
@Borz Cha its better for them both to win their respective matches.
InshAlah belal will loose. And InshAlah hamza will win ... because Bella wished hamza loose .thats why I wish Bellal loose and hamza win
It is very easy to say that you want to fight someone but don't actually do it. But Belal is a stud, let's not forget that. Those are all tough fights but you're in a stacked division and therefore you're going to be facingp nothing but the best in the world. God speed and Good bless brother.
This is gonna be a really interesting rematch. Whoever wins this one might get the next title shot since I would imagine that Khamzat wants a better contract fighting for the belt or else he is gonna get paid little throughout the years like Francis and etc. Anyway, Belal has looked really good lately, no need to mention the weird Edwards fight...
Leon was starching him
Judging by what Khamzat says it's hard to see what he wants business wise lol. He just always repeats he wants to smash them and doesn't care.
I knew he gonna root for Burns. He hates Khamzat so much (a.k.a jealousy) that he can't see the inevitable..
Great fighter, very excited for this fight!
@Luca Sorre maybe excited to see Luque KO him
I will never forget the face he made when he stared down Leon Scissorhands.
Can you send a video of that? I remember the eye pokes but I don't remember his reactions, that sounds hilarious
While Luque could end it with a single shot like in the first fight, I think Belal finishes what Chiesa started with Luque and grinds him out.
Belals face always makes me laugh
@tas tiger I like belal but yo thats funny
He looks like one of the muppets from Sesame Street... Grover or is it Gonzo? 🤔
I'm a Huge Belal Fan But ain't No Way he was Finishing Wonderboy With a Xtra Round. Lmfao
Biased UFC Shill 😂
Belal is underrated
Win or lose, i hope he fights Colby next. wrestler vs wrestler. They're style is similar so why have them make 2 separate fights lay & pray boring when you can get it over with in 1 fight, or maybe they'll strike eachother and make it exciting. The trash talk would be good too
Absolutely no way belal asked for chimaev in London 😂
@canelo he has no chance. Belal isn’t fast or powerful and he doesn’t have close to the grappling of burns
after seeing what burns did to khamzat and exposed him, belal has a chance
@Robbie Johnston I don't think anyone can beat Chimaev. I've been following Chimaev for a couple years. But Belal literally asked his manager to help book the fight along with publicly asking for it. He wouldn't ask for it if he didn't belive he had a chance to win
@Isaiah Noll he wants people to think that he wants that fight. But I’m sure you understand Belal has literally no way to win it
@Robbie Johnston I know Belal. He meant it
I want to see all the little things strickland had planned for him...
Dude said burns by ko 2rd. Burns got dropped by a jab
@canelo although burns lost, belal's prediction was actually surprisingly accurate, aside from the very start there was no wrestling and it was all on the feet, burns was actually winning in the second round and dropping/clipping khamzat with things like overhand rights in the exact same way he described, the only thing belal didn't consider is khamzat's chin being really good, because if it wasn't it would have played out exactly how he predicted
He rocked khamzat multiple times
People seem to co fuse Tony Ferguson losing to his chin being gone. He has still never been clipped to the point of anything relating to losing his chin. He took bombs like no other against Gaethje and never left his feet. Since then when has he shown a weaker chin? I don’t know what Muhammad is talking about here
it's near impossible for him to win, there is no lucky punch with Luke's titanium chin, he will not outwrestle him, or outstrike him during 5 rounds. Pull out the fight my dude
Lol, everyone sleeping on Belal just because he had so many decisions, instead of finishes.
@Eugenius Benediktus I hope you're trolling
😂😂😂 so true. This dude's a joke.
The most interesting man in MMA
Belal thinks burns is going to finish khamzat in the second round… 🤡😂
Tbf he wasn't far off lol
What do you expect Belal thinks he could beat Khamzat
10:10 reading Inbetween the lines I think his gamelan is gonna be clinch work
I don't get why belal gets so much hate. Sure he's not the most interesting personality, but neither is leon for example. Or is there another reason that i just don't know about?
@Goby reminds of a certain colbum
@Goby who cares he's their to win not entertain u if u wanna get entertained go to a strip club it's allgood there
Cause he's boring and thinks he can win the title even though he has only beaten old men
This is a close fight belal remind me of blahovich he fight with a game plan
If Luque wins this he either deserves title shot or 1st contender fight against winner Khamzat vs Burns. If Khamzat wins I think he will not wait till winter for Usman and will probably fight Luque/Colby. If Burns wins he waits title shot since he is friends with Luque. Either way Belal loses.
#1 PFP, undisputed, never lost a round at being uninteresting.
@Jasiah Perez kid
@Tista Kere he didn’t beat WB he beat OWB 😅
Lmao he is as dull as dishwater
Remember The Eyepoke
@Jasiah Perez he beat wb Deal with it
I like Bellal solid fighter
Incoming casuals who think Belal is boring because they've only watched his last two fights.
@PyroCham I think Luque will finish him too but Belal's haters only appeared after the Maia fight. Before that he was doing his usual pressure boxing, stand and bang. Always entertaining
That doesn't make any sense. I saw all of his fights in the UFC. Let's be real here for a second. He's a decision fighter. Yes, he has had finishes. 3 if I'm not mistaken. But those were against low level competitors. Which was a long time ago as well. Bilal has the talk, but he never shows it inside the octagon. Which is why he has so many haters, because you can't take him seriously. The guy has a winning streak against washed guys and is already talking about a title shot. In my opinion, he has no chance against Luque. In fact, I think Luque will finish him.
Lmao watch out we've got a hardcore Belal stan here 🤣
If this winner don't get next title fight, I don't know what tf ufc is doing
they are not selling fights
Maia was just finished . I wish fighters wouldn’t do interviews sometimes. Let us have a mystery about you , it’s so weird when we listen to some of them explain themselves over and over again about why they didn’t do something in a fight
Yeah and Wonderboy got KOd by lightweight Pettis
I think this will be boring if Belal wins. Probably fun if luque wins
Belal 'Remember the Decision' Muhammad
All these grapplers trying to take over the division. Should be a fun 2-3 years.
He should drop to 155
@Mr.Wolfchamp 1999 and that would be ok.😐 I'm joking that was inappropriate lol
He's built like a tank. He'd probably kill himself cutting to 155.
of all fighters in the welterweight division Belal is the one i dislike the most. Even Leon has a more fun personality than him
Belal just had 5 fights in 14 months. Edwards had 3 fights in like 5 years. By the way, Edwards is considered one of the most boring personalities right now.
Right? He and Leon are just really unlikeable imo
Once luque touches belals chin, he's gonna drop like a sack of potato's.
Khamzat is gonna eat bilal💯
Better to have a Palestinian Champion than a Chenchen Champion, to be honest. But yeah, the likelihood of Belal winning against Khamzat is quite slim.
I think Luque wins this fight even without putting in 100%. On the other hand, WB destroyed Luque not so long ago and Belal won easy against Thompson.
@Dustin Gaethje I like your nickname for a while now and your post too!
Styles make fights and WB is an excellent example of that. People that beat WB have good takedowns and ground game. Luque had a great ground game, but didn't have the offensive wrestling to take it to the mat and he chose to fight mostly on the feet. Meanwhile, Belal had the offensive wrestling he needed, but that doesn't mean he can beat Luque.
Khamzat is gonna maul burns. 🐺
Every Walterweight is praying or lighting candles whatever they believe in that burns wins. I never seen anything like it. No wonder division so mediocre and Marty looks good. Respect for burns for doing what these clowns hope won't have to face
If I ever contemplate suicide, Ill be sure to watch this interview for reassurance
My favourite fighter in ufc ..said no one ever
That hurt my feeling☹️
This interview gave me crippling depression.
Belal is straight up delusional. He speaks so quickly and you can see he's trying to talk himself into it. He doesn't actually take on what he did wrong in his setbacks. He's good, but without that reflection, he hasn't really been getting any better...
He’s probably the least interesting contender in any division. Like I’ve never seen a die hard Belal fan
he's probably my favorite welterweight, it's actually surprising how many people passionately hate him because he's not putting on some braindead fake persona to entertain the mentally stunted mma fans, being "boring" is a really shitty excuse to start hating someone, and I won't say he has an interesting fighting style either, but there are way more boring fighters that nobody says anything about, I feel like people hate him just to hate him and that fact is part of what makes me root for him a lot more, since I feel like he's being unfairly judged by idiots lol
I am a huge BELAL fan
@Lookherelooklisten Facts hurt u?
true, i really wouldnt mind if they send him to bellator or pfl, 0 interested in his personality and in the fight vs Edwards he was losing aswell till the eyepoke. I dont think he can hang with the top guys
@Hi T1000 you so hurt and upset about Colby what did he ever do to you 😂😂
Belal "Remember the name. What name?" Muhammad
Completely forgot this dude was even a fighter lmao
not a Chimaev cause u got rocked ur first fight, chimav beat his opponet and fought a week later lol and most belal fights been deiscions
Belal “Forget the Name” Mohamed
I swear everytime I want to talk about him I forget his name and I'm not even joking. It's so ironic lol
just here to read the comments clowning him lol
Look at those huge eyes, how could Leon NOT poke those?
It wasn’t even a poke, his fingers weren’t even extended
and nose too
How does Brett even have this job anymore??? 🙄 Seriously.
Bailey guy- Colby!
Luque by second round ko and khamzat by third round tko
Hes just got a creepy vibe
InA our brother Belal wins next Saturday 🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸
@F A why's your comment blank? 🤔🤔
I can't wait for vicente to knock him out
Lol luque is gonna starch him again
When are they gonna fire Bret? Does his dad own ESPN or something?
How you not asking him about fighting while fasting in Ramadan?!?!?
Good point. I didn't even think of that.
Pero Carlos 1:06 dejate de eso y ponte a ejercer como abogada 🤵
Belal getting knocked out again
Belal go ahead and get KO’d bro
He’s not going to beat the top guys in the division.
Thats Bratt jokamoto and whos that other guy?
lol its wallmart Chimaev.
I feel like I’m watching remember the name
look at belals beak
brett asking some veird question
Anyone know the name of this guy? (Left)
He’s gonna get smoked Gilbert burns finished Maia in 2020 idk what he means by when was the last time he got finished mans is a dead man walking
All the racists typing away it’s hilarious.
You’ll never make it to a title fight. You won’t fight an up and comer “If” you win
I like Belal
said no one ever
Nah dude you will get to lose
Belal is wrong about his analysis for this weekend's bout.
Help I forgot the name !
INSHALAH BELAL WILL LOOSE . AND IN SHALAH HAZMAT WIL WIN ..
Another guy praying khamzat isnt the real deal 😂
this guy is so full of it
2 can Sam
forgot the name
Belal is average at best.
Sorry but I just can't watch this... my brain is refusing to listen I read a few comments, that's enough
Pound for Pound the most boring interview duo.
@Mr.Wolfchamp 1999 bully b
Nobody asked for this interview
The most average, boring fighter in the ufc
Okamoto. The Most boring reporter on the planet
have you seen kevin iole & john morgan or the other dude on ariel helwani show who eats his mic