Belal Muhammad’s first main event in the UFC ended in a weird way. The ranked welterweight suffered an eye injury after being pushed by Leon Edwards in the second round of their headlining clash at UFC Vegas 21.
Muhammad’s eye began to bleed as a result of the accidental puncture of the eye. It was clear that ‘Remember The Name’ couldn’t continue the fight after admitting he couldn’t see. Referee Herb Dean called off the bout resulting in a no-contest. After the incident, Muhammad was taken to hospital for stitches.
After the disappointing result, Belal Muhammad took to Twitter to take stock of his vision.
“My heart is broken my first main event ended like this but Gods best planners sorry to the fans and @ufc you deserved a full fight Alhamdillah the vision returns and no damage permanent watch I’m going to be back and want to revive him @Leon_edwardsmma. “
In an interaction with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, Belal Muhammad reflected on his fight against Leon Edwards. He revealed what went through his mind after suffering the horrific injury at the hands of “Rocky”.
“I don’t even train with someone literally putting their fingers on your face. It’s so dangerous. I don’t care about a broken hand or a broken foot or anything like that. But losing it. sight is the scariest of all these things, like it’s happened to me. Just because I’ve been through something like this where one eye has gone awry and I’m like, you’re thinking about these things right now- there and I literally thought I was blind. So I sit there. eye, I was moving it and I couldn’t see nothing and I’m like ‘Dude, am I blind? don’t say I’m blind right now. ‘”
You can watch Belal Muhammad’s full interview with ESPN MMA below:
Belal Muhammad hopes to clash at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus
Although a rematch with Leon Edwards did not materialize, Belal Muhammad will have an equally huge opportunity later tonight. He’s set to face No.5 ranked welterweight Stephen Thompson in UFC Fight Night main co-event: Lewis vs. Daukaus at UFC Apex.
Ranked No.10, Belal Muhammad has five wins and one non-contest in his last six UFC appearances. He comes off a decisive victory over UFC veteran Demian Maia at UFC 263.
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The fight with Thompson is the perfect opportunity for “Remember The Name” to prove that he belongs to the top echelon of the 170-pound division. A convincing victory over ‘Wonderboy’ could catapult him to the top.