Count UFC welterweight contender Belal Muhammad among other folks that don’t are seeking to discover a straight rematch between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman.
Muhammad, remember that, wants a shot at the welterweight title after going unbeaten in his past 9 fights, and he told Usman to step apart after the ex-champ’s head-kick knockout loss to Edwards at UFC 278.
“We’re talking numbers, we’re talking rankings…you wish to originate this an precise sport,” said Muhammad on a most traditional Instagram live chat. “In picture for you to originate this an precise sport, there’s no rematches when you lose the Astronomical Bowl. You lose the Astronomical Bowl, you lost the Astronomical Bowl, that’s it, you’re going to must relief until subsequent year. You don’t collect a, ‘Ahh, man. That used to be a fortunate pass.’
“Nah, you lost, you don’t collect the rematch correct style away. You’ve bought to struggle by a full diversified season to are trying and collect lend a hand there all once more. So, Usman, sit down reasonably bit, unexcited down, heal up, [and] let me fight Leon Edwards.”
The UFC is focusing on a straight rematch between Usman and Edwards for March in the U.K., though a date and venue contain but to be presented. Usman, who used to be attempting his sixth title defense and had overwhelmed Edwards previously by decision, used to be ahead on all scorecards sooner than Edwards’ not doubtless comeback. Later on, UFC President Dana White departed from his traditional routine in welcoming a affect-over.
Muhammad’s most most traditional take set apart him on the radar for a title shot. At UFC 280, he ended the unbeaten flee of Sean Brady with a 2nd-spherical stoppage. The efficiency earned him his third UFC efficiency bonus.
After an unintended eyepoke rendered Muhammad unable to proceed in a March 2021 meeting with Edwards, the 34-year-vulnerable welterweight went lend a hand to the drafting board and picked up four straight wins, which arguably can be regarded as a season (or two) in MMA circles.
Now not all MMA seasons are regarded as equal, alternatively. Out-of-the-field stars admire Khamzat Chimaev contain walked a vital shorter path to the title. Muhammad also shares a manager with Usman in Ali Abdelaziz, so he doubtlessly faces a business obstacle to the belt.
From a benefit standpoint, Muhammad believes his time is now.