Belal Muhammad made his return to the Octagon at the UFC 280 prelims. In the main event of the preliminary card, he fought Sean Brady who was an undefeated prospect in the welterweight division. While Muhammad had a record of 21-3, Brady had a perfect record of 15-0. Fans were really interested in the fight as both were elite grapplers.
However, Muhammad did not have the best finishing record. With only 1 submission and 4 KO/TKO wins, Belal was not expected to put Brady away. In his 8-fight unbeaten streak, the 34-year-old only had one finish, which saw him submit Takashi Sato at UFC 242 in September 2019.
The Welterweight division will be watching closely 👀— UFC (@ufc) October 22, 2022
#5 @BullyB170 and #8 @SeanBradyMMA are making the walk at #UFC280!
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The 29-year-old Sean Brady had a much better finishing rate. Out of his 15 wins, Brady had 7 finishes with 3 KO/TKOs and 4 submission wins. On paper, he was much better about using his grappling to further the offence. So how did he fare against Belal? Was he able to maintain his unbeaten streak? Let’s find out!
Belal Muhammad knocks out Sean Brady at UFC 280
Belal Muhammad vs Sean Brady did not end the way fans thought it might! Both were known for their grappling abilities and the bout ended in a knockout! The first round between the two was somewhat balanced. Although Belal had early success in the first round, Brady did make a decent comeback at the end of it.
However, as Brady went back to his corner, he was visibly irritated. The second round was a balanced one as well until the last minute. As Brady got more and more exhausted, Muhammad put on more pressure and started beating him up. At the 4:47 minute mark of the second round, the ref stopped the fight.
BELAL MUHAMMAD WITH THE HANDS! 🔥— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) October 22, 2022
🕶️ @BullyB170 swarms and gets the biggest finish of his career! WOWWW! #UFC280 pic.twitter.com/MlLxUfMnzY
Muhammad extends his unbeaten streak to 9 fights now and scores the 5th knockout win of his career. It also means that Belal takes away Sean’s record of being undefeated in his career. He also creates a new record as he becomes the only fighter to land 1000 significant strikes without landing a takedown.
Only two fighters in the UFC have over 900 significant strikes landed while being officially credited with 0 knockdowns:— MMA By The Numbers (@NumbersMMA) October 21, 2022
Aljamain Sterling (962 landed)
Belal Muhammad (961 landed)#UFC280
The stoppage was certainly a memorable one as he lives upto his nickname, ‘Remember the Name.’ With Khabib Nurmagomedov in his corner, Belal has shown a different side to him, a side that looks ready for a title shot.
Here are some Twitter reactions to the fight
Incredible fight. People should respect what belal does everytime he steps in a cage. A man of plans— RD (@thereader1978) October 22, 2022
Damn he got hands— Miceplen (@miceplenter) October 22, 2022
Remember the name— @LIVE HIGH (@Levi83114496) October 22, 2022
lets go destroyed him second coach khabib w— Issa Mohammed (@tripleggg78) October 22, 2022
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