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‘Very poor bout:’ Conor McGregor, fans react on Twitter to Belal Muhammad vs. Gilbert Burns | UFC 288

The verdict is in and fans were not impressed with a No. 1 contender match between Muhammad vs. Burns that was booked to save UFC 288, but failed to generate fireworks.

Belal Muhammad vs. Gilbert Burns was supposed to be the bout that’d shore up UFC 288 after Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush fell through on two weeks notice. Instead, we saw Burns injure his shoulder early into the 170-pound fight and Muhammad play a conservative game, picking apart “Durinho” on the outside en route to unanimous decision win.

It was an effective strategy, but it wasn’t the most exciting. Fans inside Prudential Center in Nweark, N.J., showered the cage with boos throughout the fight, to the point that Muhammad told them “You suck!” during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.

He said he was joking afterward, but was he really?

Muhammad doesn’t really have much to apologize for. He executed his gameplan and won the most important fight of his career thus far handily. But, was it exciting enough for him to clinch a Welterweight title shot after champion Leon Edwards and Colby Covington go at it later this year?

We’ll have to wait and see.

For now, let’s take a look at how fans, fighters and Conor McGregor reacted to Muhammad vs. Burns on Twitter:

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