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UFC Vegas 21: Belal Muhammad steps up to replace ailing Khamzat Chimaev and face Leon Edwards

Can Muhammad leapfrog into the top 5?

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.

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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.

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.

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)

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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