Muhammad calls out 'coward' Covington after win over Vicente Luque

Belal Muhammad eager to fight Colby Covington after calling him a ‘coward’ following his dominant victory over Brazilian star Vicente Luque in the UFC Vegas 51 main event

  • UFC star Belal Muhammad has labelled Coby Covington a ‘coward’ after his win
  • Muhammad, 33, beat Vicente Luque UFC Vegas 51 in the early hours of Sunday
  • The Chicago-born fighter has had to wait five years to get revenge over Luque 

Belal Muhammad produced a stunning showing to defeat Vicente Luque at UFC Vegas 51 in the main event in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Chicago-born fighter has had to wait nearly five-and-a-half years to get revenge on Luque, but used fast footwork and well-timed takedowns to ensure he secured victory in last nights final.

Muhammad put on a dominant performance in front of the judges, scoring 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 in his favor.

Belal Muhammad took on Brazil’s Vicente Luque at UFC Vegas 51 in the early hours of Sunday

Muhammad, 33, won and got revenge over his opponent who defeated him in November 2016

‘This was my hump I had to get over,’ Muhammad said afterwards. ‘He knocked me out. Now what do you got to say? I won. I knew it was going to be one of my hardest challenges’, Muhammad said.

‘I knew Luque was the best of both worlds [with striking and grappling] and he knocked me out so he had that over me. It showed that I can do it all. I can wrestle with the best. I can strike with the best. I can grapple with the best.’

Muhammad never allowed his opponent to settle and constantly frustrated the veteran welterweight contender throughout the fight.

The Chicago-born fighter was constantly on the toes of Luque and never let him settle

The 33-year-old was in fine form having previously fallen to Luque by knockout in just 79 seconds in their first encounter in November 2016. 

Unanimous decision victory takes Muhammad’s unbeaten streak to eight in a row and he wasted no time calling his shot against another top-ranked welterweight he’s been trying to fight for several years now. 

‘I’m going to stop calling for the champ cause nobody wants to give me that shot,’ Muhammad said. ‘So let me get the big mouth Karen. Colby Covington’s out here calling out [155 pounders]. Come fight a real ’70-pounder, you coward.

Muhammad has called out Colby Covington labelling him a ‘coward’ and is ready to fight him

‘I’m a real ’70 pounder. I’m winning fights. I’m not [Jorge] Masvidal off two losses. I’m not [Tyron] Woodley off five losses. I’m ‘Bully B’ off seven wins. Come fight a real challenge, coward.’

There is no guarantee Muhammad will get his wish, but any questions about his credibility in the hierarchy of the welterweight division were emphatically answered with his win over Luque.

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