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Muhammad doesn’t want to be Usman’s official replacement against Edwards

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UFC welterweight contender Belal Muhammad is not interested in being an official replacement for the upcoming title fight between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards, but he is willing to fight on the same card.

In a maintenanceuh with MMA Junkie where Muhammad also left Kamaru Usman of his welterweight Mount Rushmore, “Remember the Name” was asked if he would be willing to weigh in as a backup for the scheduled welterweight title fight between Usman and Edwards.

Muhammad was quick to reject the idea of ​​being a replacement.

“I would rather be on the map with them,” Muhammad said. “I don’t want to make weight just to make weight,” Muhammad said. If I’m on a card with them, I’d rather have that. I’ll be on the same map and then if one of them ends up pulling out, I’ll jump that way.

“If you really think about it, if I end up fighting [Khamzat] Chimaev or something, training for him would be the same as training for Usman,” Muhammad explained.

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Competing in the UFC since 2016 and currently on a three-fight winning streak, 33-year-old Muhammad understands the value of a title shot.

When asked if he thinks the fighters who weigh in as backups are mentally and physically ready to fight, Muhammad provided the following response.

“For me, to get my first title and have a chance, I would want it to be legit where I know for 8 weeks that’s all I’m focusing on.”

Currently UFC No. 5 ranked welterweight Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad picked up a unanimous decision victory in his last bout against Vincente Luque last month.

Along with being Muhammad’s second UFC main event, the Chicago native also avenged his 2016 knockout loss to Luque. Muhammad is currently on a three-fight winning streak after his 2021 bout with Leon Edwards was called off due to a peek and declared a No Contest.

If Muhammad really intends to fight on the same card as Usman against Edwards, he will have to wait until the fight has a confirmed date. There is also the question of the opponent, as there are very few welterweights ranked above him after this win over Luque.

With Edwards set to challenge Usman for the title and Gilbert Burns following a loss to Khamzat Chimaev, Colby Covington and Chimaev appear to be the only matchups that make sense if Muhammad is to continue climbing the welterweight rankings.

What do you think of Muhammad’s comments on the idea of ​​weighing in as a backup fighter?