Five days removed from a unanimous decision win, Belal Muhammad has agreed to step in on short notice for his first UFC main event.
As reported by ESPN, Muhammad will replace Khamzat Chimaev and take on Leon Edwards in a five-round fight on March 13th.
Chimaev and Edwards have been scheduled to face one another three times in the past year but COVID-19 complications have forced the proposed bout to be scrapped each time.
Muhammad (18-3) has won eight of his last nine inside of the octagon and is currently ranked #13 in the UFC’s welterweight rankings following a win over Dhiego Lima at UFC 258. The 32-year old is currently on a four-fight winning streak dating back to April 2019 and has defeated the likes of Randy Brown, Tim Means and Lyman Good during his promotional tenure.
Edwards (18-3) meanwhile will enter his second UFC main event riding an eight-fight winning streak with his last loss coming against current champion Kamaru Usman in 2015. ‘Rocky’ is currently ranked #3 at 170 lbs and has defeated Rafael dos Anjos, Donald Cerrone and Vicente Luque during his impressive run.