Sometimes a rematch comes along that simply makes sense, and is needed to figure out who could potentially be fighting for a shot at a world title. That is what we get with Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad 2 at UFC Vegas 51.
Both men have climbed their way to the top of the welterweight division since their first meeting, and now a former foe stands in their way. To become world champion, both Vicente Luque and Belal Muhammad needed to run it back, and show who had developed more.
Both men have seemingly evolved on their quest to become UFC champion since their first fight in 2016. The rematch between Luque and Muhammad could very well be considered a number one contender’s fight, with the winner in striking distance of a title shot — at least were it not for names like Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards being out there.
What the UFC Vegas 51 main event came down to was a back-and-forth fight between Vicente Luque and Belal Muhammad. It boiled down to the fifth round, with a lot of speculation on how the judges scored the fight through the first four rounds. Belal Muhammad got a takedown in every round and became a puzzle to figure out with his constant movement. When Vicente Luque landed his strikes, they seemed to always score with heavy damage. The fight was left in the hands of the judges however, who felt Belal Muhammad had done enough to get the unanimous decision victory.
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Here is how the pros reacted to the rematch between Vicente Luque and Belal Muhammad.
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) April 17, 2022
— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) April 17, 2022
Congrats to @bullyb170 for fighting the perfect fight 🔥🇵🇸
— The Prince (@AmirAlbazi) April 17, 2022
My man @bullyb170 stuck to his game plan. Stayed composed. Perfect execution against an always dangerous Luque
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) April 17, 2022
— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) April 17, 2022
— Merab “The Machine” Dvalishvili (@MerabDvalishvil) April 17, 2022
— Jeff Molina (@jmolina_125) April 17, 2022
I have to give Belal some credit for coming back from a Tko loss and getting some revenge 👏 Impressive display of courage.
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) April 17, 2022
— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) April 17, 2022
— GIGA CHIKADZE (@giga_chikadze) April 17, 2022
Well done belal fought hard and figure it out good main event
— C H🖕🏽T O🇪🇨V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) April 17, 2022
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 17, 2022