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Matt Brown hails Belal Muhammad as ‘biggest threat’ at 170, claims he beats Khamzat Chimaev

Matt Brown thinks Belal Muhammad is the man to beat at welterweight.

UFC 280: Muhammad v Brady
Belal Muhammad defeats Sean Brady by way of TKO at UFC 280.
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UFC veteran Matt Brown thinks Belal Muhammad is the one to watch at welterweight, touting “Remember the Name” as the “biggest threat” in the division.

Speaking on a recent episode of “The Fighter vs. The Writer”, Brown said that he would back Muhammad to defeat both Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev, but is “50/50” on his chances against former champ Kamaru Usman.

“If you want to talk about biggest threat to [Kamaru] Usman, I’m going with Belal Muhammad,” Brown said. “I think Belal Muhammad is probably the biggest threat to all of these guys. I think Usman beats Leon and the champ at the end of the year is either Belal or Usman.”

“Belal and Gilbert [Burns] are very similar body types, the way they throw punches and stuff but Belal keeps a much higher pace and stays a little bit more disciplined in his approach,” he added. “I think Belal beats Khamzat and I’m 50-50 on him beating Usman. That’s a really, really close fight that I think goes to a decision and is probably a really tough call for the judges.”

Aside from a controversial No Contest against Edwards at UFC Vegas 21, Muhammad is undefeated in his last eight fights, amassing impressive victories over Stephen Thompson, Vicente Luque, and Sean Brady. The No. 4-ranked welterweight recently called for a rematch with Leon Edwards for the welterweight title, but was turned down and labeled a “bum” by Edwards.

Muhammad would like to fight at UFC 286 on March 18, where “Rocky” is anticipated to defend his welterweight title against “The Nigerian Nightmare” in the main event.