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Leon Edwards opens as considerable betting favorite over Belal Muhammad

Leon Edwards has opened as a big betting favorite over Belal Muhammad on March 13.

Leon Edwards at the UFC Fight Night weigh ins. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Leon Edwards has opened as a big betting favorite over Belal Muhammad ahead of their welterweight headliner at UFC Fight Night 187, with ‘Rocky’ listed as a -260 favorite over the No. 13-ranked Muhammad (h/t Best Fight Odds).

UFC Fight Night:

Belal Muhammad (+200)

Leon Edwards (-260)

Muhammad took the fight on short notice after Khamzat Chimaev was forced to withdraw from the contest last week due to suffering with lingering effects of COVID-19. Colby Covington was shortlisted as a potential opponent but ‘Chaos’ reportedly turned the fight down, calling Edwards a ‘charity’ case.

“Leon Scott hasn’t earned anything, boys. I’m in the Colby Covington Incorporated championship business, I’m not in the Leon Scott charity business”.

Muhammad, 32, is on a four fight win streak against unranked opponents and Edwards marks a huge step up in competition for the Roufusport product. ‘Rocky’ is #3 in the UFC welterweight rankings and has rattled off eight straight wins since 2016, with standout victories over Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos.

UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad will take place next month, March 13 at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.

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