UFC 296: Belal Muhammed announced as the backup fighter for the main event

Belal Muhammed reveals that he is the backup fighter for the title fight between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington.

by Aryan Lakhani
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UFC 296: Belal Muhammed announced as the backup fighter for the main event
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After claiming a comprehensive win against Gilbert Burns, the UFC promised Belal Muhammed a title shot after Colby Covington redeems his opportunity, and they seem to be fulfilling that promise well as Belal Muhammed was recently announced the backup fighter for the welterweight title fight between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington.

In case if either one pull out, Belal Muhammed will be ready to step in. The weight cut wasn’t brutal for Belal Muhammed, as he started training shortly after his match with Gilbert Burns. Belal Muhammed will most likely fight the winner of the UFC 296 main event; it will be fascinating to see if Colby Covington can turn the tables around and be next for Belal Muhammed.

Belal Muhammed on being the backup fighter

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Belal Muhammed revealed when the UFC approached him to serve his role as a backup fighter. “They just hit me up Friday, asked me if I’m willing to weigh in for next week,” Muhammad said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.

“I think obviously they know Colby and Leon are the two most inactive welterweights in the division. Neither of these guys likes to fight. They’re both good at running. So just to be on the safe side, they called the dude that always steps up whenever needed.

Muhammed further said: “For me, I was training this whole time regardless just in case something happened, The last two main events on the pay-per-views both got canceled, but since my last fight with Gilbert Burns, I took that one on short notice and I was like, ‘I never want to get out of shape like this again.’ Because I was so bad before that fight and it was the hardest fight cut ever. So I knew I had to be a professional from then on. Never getting big like that again”.

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