UFC booking Belal Muhammad – Sean Brady for Abu Dhabi

Daniel Cunningham
Feb 3, 2018; Belem, Brazil; View of the ring before UFC Fight Night at Mangueirinho Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC is finalizing a big time matchup in their welterweight division that will pair up two top ten contenders. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report this afternoon that the promotion is close to finalizing Belal Muhammad (21-3, 1 NC) – Sean Brady (15-0).

Per Okamoto, the fight will take place in October at UFC 282 which is scheduled to go down in Abu Dhabi. The fight will be Brady’s first fight of 2022 as the undefeated contender has had a tough time finding opponents.

The last time we saw him was at a UFC Fight Night when he defeated Michael Chiesa by Unanimous Decision. Brady made his octagon debut in 2019 as an undefeated prospect and he hasn’t lost since.

Overall, Brady is 5-0 in the UFC and he continues to look better and better. He will enter the cage ranked ninth as things currently stand but he has a huge opportunity to jump up as Belal Muhammad is ranked fifth.

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Back in 2019, Belal Muhammad lost a decision to Geoff Neal. Since that loss, he’s just been about flawless in the UFC. Muhammad won four fights in a row after that loss and then he took a short-notice fight with Leon Edwards.

Edwards was definitely winning the fight, but it ended in a No Contest after Muhammad got poked in the eye. For some reason, Muhammad was a little dismissed by pundits after this mishap in the short-notice fights.

However, he turned things around in a big way the rest of 2021. He won fights over former title challengers Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson. Then, he got a UFC Fight Night main event against Vicente Luque.

When they first fought, Luque stopped Muhammad. However, Muhammad was so much improved from the first fight and he took it to Luque winning a unanimous decision. Now, he will look to knock off the undefeated Brady as he continues to campaign for a UFC title shot.