Belal Muhammad’s first UFC headliner finished in a debacle, however in any event a clear injury isn’t pretty much as awful as it initially appeared.
Saturday’s UFC Vegas 21 welterweight main event between the returning Leon Edwards and Muhammad was governed a no challenge after an Edwards eye jab (the second-such foul of the battle from the Englishman) in the second round left Muhammad unfit to proceed. The foul had Muhammad gripping at his face and shouting as ref Herb Dean called a stop to the activity. A ringside doctor later confirmed that Muhammad couldn’t proceed after Muhammad expressed that he was unable to see.
“My heart is broken, my first headliner finished that way, yet God’s the most amazing aspect organizers,” Muhammad composed. “I’m sorry to the fans and the UFC you merited a full battle.. Alhamdillah, the vision is returning and no lasting harm to the eye. I’ll be back and need to run it back, Leon Edwards.”
The eye jab was considered to be unplanned by Dean and replays showed that Edwards’ finger went into Muhammad’s eye as Edwards discovered him coming in with a kick to the body. UFC President Dana White later shared a picture on Twitter of the grim foul.
Quickly following the battle, Edwards did a live meeting with analyst Daniel Cormier and he disclosed to Cormier that he “would prefer to have lost” than see the battle end in the way that it did.
Edwards added at the post battle question and answer session that regardless of the result, he didn’t actually see a need to rematch Muhammad, who was a late notification substitution in the headliner after Khamzat Chimaev dropped off the card.
That didn’t sit excessively well with Muhammad, who tore Edwards in an online media post on Sunday morning
“Never saw somebody act so extreme in the wake of jabbing somebody in the eye,” Muhammad said. “The battle was simply getting moving and in case you’re fulfilled to end it on that note, you’re delicate. You ain’t getting a title ward off that. I took the battle on three [weeks] notice and came to battle. Run it back.”