Following Belal Muhamamd’s win over Vicente Luque at UFC Vegas 51, one of the topics that have garnered a lot of attention is Belal’s preparation for the fight while fasting through Ramadan.
Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims where they refrain from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. They follow this custom for a month, and Belal being a devout Muslim, has been fasting through Ramadan. UFC Vegas 51 was scheduled in the first two weeks of Ramadan and quite evidently, Belal had to prep for the main event while also following Ramadan customs.
Fight camps for UFC fights can be quite grueling, and to think that someone went through camp without eating or drinking for large portions of the day is quite an incredible feat.
When asked about his exploits, Belal Muhammad gave a lot of credit to his friends for supporting him and motivating him through Ramadan.
“The first week of Ramadan was amazing; I got to spend time with my family. I have friends around who fasted along with me, trained me, even though they did not have to.”
The number 5 Welterweight further praised his friends for adjusting their schedules according to his needs, “ We break our fast around 7:00 or 7:30. My friends told me that we could start training at 9:30 after I had digested the food. I told them they did not have to because they had work in the morning, but they still insisted on helping me out.”
“We are a small gym, but we are like a little family.”
After his victory over Luque, Belal has called out top-ranked Welterweight Colby “Chaos” Covington as he aims to get one step closer to the Welterweight Crown.