Belal Muhammad earns welterweight title shot after beating Gilbert Burns via unanimous decision at UFC 288

Belal Muhammad returned to the octagon for the first time in seven months to compete in a welterweight bout against Gilbert Burns. However, following such a fantastic victory over Durinho, Remember The Name not only had a remarkable comeback but also secured a shot at the title.

Tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the co-main event of UFC 288 pitted the fifth-ranked fighter of the division, Burns, against the fourth-ranked fighter in the division, Belal.

Despite the short notice for the bout, ‘Remember The Name’ prevailed by unanimous decision with scores of 50-45, 49-46, and 49-46 in his favor from the three judges.

Is Belal Muhammad the next contender for the welterweight title?

Dana White already stated that the winner of the battle between Belal and Burns will be eligible for a shot at the title next. As the winner will face Colby Covington or Leon Edwards, whichever prevails in the grand welterweight battle. Belal Muhammad appears to be one step closer to getting the welterweight gold strap right now.

Burns had a spectacular start to the year, easily defeating Neil Magny in under five minutes. Burns also defeated Jorge Masvidal in the co-main event of UFC 287 on April 8 at the Miami-Dade Arena. Gamebred was defeated by the Brazilian via a unanimous decision after three rounds of utter dominance.

Now, it appears as if Durinho hurried a little too much to secure a title opportunity. Belal, though, has now moved one step closer to the pinnacle of glory. Given that it was Ramadan, the American fighter took time off and couldn’t really train in the gym. Hence, it is a tremendous victory for the 34-year-old fighter to pull it off on such short notice.

A Belal Muhammad title bout already has you pumped up, right? Among Colby Covington or Leon Edwards, who do you anticipate the Palestinian to meet? Post your opinion in the comments area.

Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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