Prediction and preview of Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad

Ufc Vegas 51: Vicente Luque Vs. Belal Muhammad Preview And Prediction

UFC Vegas 51 prediction and preview: Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad

Following an incredible UFC 273 card in Jacksonville, FL last weekend, the UFC returns to the UFC Apex for UFC Vegas 51, which will feature a rematch between Vicente Luque and Belal Muhammad.

This is a pivotal match for the welterweight division, as the winner of this top-five bout will shape the division for a future title challenger.

These two men first met in 2016 at UFC 205, when they were both just starting out in their careers. Luque entered the fight as an underdog, but he proved his doubters wrong.

He scored a TKO victory by knocking Muhammad down with a left hook and finishing with ground and pound.

They’ve both come a long way since their first fight, from being the third fight in the prelims to now being the main event.

A Prediction for UFC Vegas 51: Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad

Since his loss to Luque, Muhammad has gone 10-1. In 2021, he also had a no-contest against Leon Edwards during this time period.

He won nine of his fights by decision and one by submission, defeating Takashi Sato via rear naked choke.

With his improved striking, Muhammad brings a strong wrestling game. In his last two fights, Muhammad demonstrated his ability to both land and defend takedowns. He defended 20 of 21 takedowns in his fight with Demian Maia.

Muhammad landed seven of nine takedowns in his most recent fight with talented striker Stephen Thompson, clocking a total control time of 11:57.

Muhammad won by unanimous decision, 30-26, with one judge awarding him a 30-25 for his dominance in the fight.

Coming into this fight, Muhammad isn’t the only one on a roll.

Luque is 10-2 since defeating Muhammad, including a four-fight winning streak in which he has won all four fights. Luque has defeated Niko Price, Randy Brown, Tyron Woodley, and Michael Chiesa during this winning streak.

In his most recent fight against Chiesa at UFC 265, Luque showed how dangerous he can be when stepping into the octagon.

Chiesa got the back of Luque right away after landing his first takedown. Luque broke off and flipped positions after Chiesa attempted two submissions that appeared to be quite deep.

Luque found an opening for his favorite D’Arce Choke while transitioning to the ground and locked it in for his fourth consecutive finish.

Luque has a unique fighting style that makes life difficult for his opponents. His striking ability is excellent, and it has improved over time.

He uses a variety of shots to attack the body and head, as well as the legs. Luque is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with a deadly D’Arce choke on the ground.

Muhammad is seeking vengeance for an incident that occurred six years ago, and he stands a good chance of succeeding. Both men have greatly improved their game and craft, so the rematch will be very different.
The rematch at UFC Vegas 51 will be different, but the outcome may not be. Muhammad will look a lot better this time around than he did last time, but Luque may be too much to handle.

The fight will begin on the feet, but once it moves to the ground, Luque will be able to find an opening and quickly submit the opponent.