Fresh off a win against Dhiego Lima at UFC 258, Belal Muhammad is stepping in for Khamzat Chimaev for the main event of UFC Vegas 21 in March.
Muhammad (18-3-0), 32, is currently ranked No. 13 in the welterweight division and will be facing British No. 3 Leon “Rocky” Edwards (18-3-0), 29, on March 13.
— UFC (@ufc) February 18, 2021
Muhammad’s pressure and grappling style should prove to be a challenge for Edwards, but Edwards has faced similar fighters before like Rafael dos Anjos and emerged victorious.
Muhammad will have to also deal with the pinpoint striking game of Edwards, but like Edwards, he has faced strikers before like Lyman Good successfully.
They all go running and make excuses when it’s time to put in work
— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) February 16, 2021
As Chimaev is currently dealing with COVID-19, the opportunity is with Muhammad, who has a chance to leapfrog in the rankings with a big win.
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 20, 2021
UFC Vegas 21 is scheduled for March 13 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Scheduled bouts include:
LEON EDWARDS (18-3-0) VS. BELAL MUHAMMAD (18-3-0)
RICARDO RAMOS (14-3-0) VS. ZUBAIRA TUKHUGOV (19-5-1)
MATHEUS NICOLAU (15-2-1) VS. TAGIR ULANBEKOV (13-1-0)
JINH YU FREY (9-6-0) VS GLORIA DE PAULA (5-2-0)
DAVEY GRANT (12-4-0) VS. JONATHAN MARTINEZ (13-3-0)
RAY RODRIGUEZ (16-7-0) VS. RANI YAHYA (26-10-1)
JASON WITT (18-6-0) VS. MATTHEW SEMEISBERGER (7-2-0)
ERYK ANDERS (13-5-0) VS. DARREN STEWART (12-6-0, 1NC)
DON MADGE (9-3-1) VS. NASRAT HAQPARAST (12-3-0)
CHARLES JOURDAIN (10-3-1) VS. STEVE GARCIA (11-4-0)
BEN ROTHWELL (38-13-0) VS. PHILIPE LINS (14-5-0)
DAN IGE (14-3-0) VS. TBD
MISHA CIRKUNOV (15-5-0) VS. RYAN SPANN (18-6-0)