Belal Muhammad is certainly one of the best fighters in the welterweight division right now. According to the majority of the UFC audience, he deserved to fight for the belt. He won a great match against Gilbert Burns at the beginning of this year with a very dominant victory and went to the first place in the welterweight division.
However, in the meantime, Colby Covington overtook him and won a title match against champion Leon Edwards, which will be held as part of UFC 296 on December 16. After the announcement of the Covington vs. Edwards fight, Dana White explained that Belala Muhammad already has an agreed match, however this current best welterweight fighter, according to many, said that he will fight only under certain conditions.
Belal Muhammad is ready to fight Kamaru Usman only if he will be paid like a champion
“We’re throwing stuff out at (the UFC),” Muhammad told MMA Junkie. “I’m willing to fight Sean Strickland at 185.
I’m willing to go up there, that’s a title fight. So, I have a guarantee for a title fight. Also, at 170, the only other person that doesn’t have a fight is (Kamaru) Usman, but when I’m looking at it, it doesn’t really make sense for me unless I’m getting paid like a champion, because Usman, I think, is a harder matchup than Colby or Leon, and I’m not going to get nothing for beating him.
“I’m not going to get a belt for beating him. Fighting Usman, I’m going to have a better resume than Usman – my resume is going to be tied with freaking GSP’s, and he’s considered the GOAT of the division.
But, if I have Usman on my resume, Gilbert Burns, ‘Wonderboy,’ Luque, undefeated Sean Brady, which I think will pay dividends once Sean Brady comes back and fights, I’m going to be considered the GOAT of the welterweights without even fighting for the belt”.
as quoted by MMAJunkie