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UFC Vegas 51: Belal Muhammad outworks Vicente Luque to take unanimous decision

Belal Muhammad overcome a rough third round to finish strong and take a unanimous decision win over Vicente Luque in the main event of UFC Vegas 51.

Luque did well when the fight was standing for the most part. He landed some good shots, particularly in the third round that had Muhammad retreating and on the defensive. But Muhammad survived with key takedowns that ate up precious time and scored points with the judges.

And in the fifth round, Muhammad got the takedown and controlled most of the round to finish strong.

The judges scored it 49-4,6 49-46, 48-47.

The win was Muhammad’s third consecutive and part of an eight fight unbeaten strike. He will likely take Luque’s No. 5 spot in the rankings next week.

Luque’s four fight win streak was snapped with the defeat.

Mayra Bueno Silva and Wu Yanan earned Fight of the Night, while Drakkar Klose and Adre Fialho earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card. In case you missed the prelims:

HEILI ALATENG DEF. KEVIN CROOM VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 0:47

SAM HUGHES DEF. ISTELA NUNES VIA MD (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)

JORDAN LEAVITT DEF. TROY OGDEN VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

MARTIN BUDAY DEF. CHRIS BARNETT VIA TECH UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

RAFA GARCIA DEF. JESSIE RONSON VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 4:50

DRAKKAR KLOSE DEF. BRANDON JENKINS VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 0:33

PANNIE KIAZAD DEF. LINA LANSBERG VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

DEVIN CLARK DEF. WILLIAM KNIGHT VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 3:21

MAIN CARD 

MOUNIR LAZZEZ VS. ANGE LOOSA 

WINNER: MOUNIR LAZZEZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MOUNIR LAZZEZ VIA UD

Andrews: Lazzez did what was expected. Good win.

PAT SABATINI VS. T.J. LARAMIE 

WINNER: PAT SABATINI VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PAT SABATINI VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Give credit to Laramie for not getting finished but Sabatini took care of business.

MAYRA BUENO SILVA VS. WU YANAN 

WINNER: MAYRA BUENO SILVA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAYRA BUENO SILVA VIA UD

Andrews: Great bantamweight debut for Silva I liked this fight.

MIGUEL BAEZA VS. ANDRE FIALHO

WINNER: ANDRE FIALHO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIGUEL BAEZA VIA UD

Andrews:  Give Fialho credit for outfoxing Baeza and getting the finish too.

CAIO BORRALHO VS. GADHZI OMARGADZHIEV

WINNER: CAIO BORRALHO VIA UD (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CAIO BORRALHO VIA TECH UD

Andrews: Good performance, butCaio needs to be careful with the knees. It could cost him far more than a point next time.

MAIN EVENT

#5 VICENTE LUQUE VS. #6 BELAL MUHAMMAD

WINNER: BELAL MUHAMMAD VIA UD (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VICENTE LUQUE VIA TKO

Andrews: Good performance by Muhammad to survive in the third round and get the takedowns needed to score the points.

The next event is UFC Fight Night 205, which is set for April 23 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Amanda Lemos takes on Jessica Andrade in the women’s strawweight main event.

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KenaiAndrews
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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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