Streaking 170-pound contender Belal Muhammad, currently ranked No. 5 at 170 pounds, could end up in welterweight purgatory — a la Leon Edwards — fighting an assembly line of mid-card hopefuls until UFC deems him worthy of a division title shot.
Or he could whoop Khamzat Chimaev and go straight to the head of the (weight) class.
The undefeated Chimaev is one of the hottest prospects at 170 pounds and recently salted welterweight “Leech” Li Jingliang. But it doesn’t sound like “Borz” is champing at the bit to fight Muhammad and would prefer to forget the name.
When you got a finger in your eye you gave up, how you even gonna think to fight me? Bullshit boy pic.twitter.com/jOFcf2j4Ue— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) December 23, 2021
He needs help can you help him guys ? pic.twitter.com/VUhwRgHHi5— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) December 23, 2021
Muhammad (20-3, 1 NC) is fresh off his lopsided decision victory over two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson at UFC Vegas 45 last weekend in “Sin City.” Chimaev (10-0), meanwhile, missed more than a year of action while recovering from COVID-19, a fact not lost on Muhammad.
As of this writing, both fighters remain unbooked ... for now.