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UFC 205: Belal Muhammad vs. Vincente Luque preview



Well, I’m a little bit disappointed that Lyman Good has been removed from this fight, as I was looking forward to it. That said, you break the rules and you deal with the consequences. Replacing Lyman Good is Vincente Luque, a product of The Blackzilians and TUF 21. He’s a skilled fighter who has won 3 consecutive fights in the UFC and should be a tough out for Muhammad in NYC.

Vincente brings good standup into the match-up as well as a well-rounded ground game. You know he’ll be in shape, coming from the Blackzilians camp. His hands looked very sharp when he stopped Hector Urbina in a minute at UFC Fight Night 95.

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Belal is a product of Dana White’s Looking for a Fight series, and has looked impressive in both victory and defeat in the UFC. He’s a slugger, and has a passable, if not spectacular ground game. Unless he looks to take the fight to the mat, he’ll have a willing opponent to stand and bang.

I fully expect this fight to be a standing affair. Both guys are durable and this could be a great fight. I’ve been very impressed with how much heart Belal has shown since coming to the UFC, and I feel he might just be the tougher of the two. If they land some big shots, I think Belal Muhammad is more likely to absorb the shots with less difficulty. It’s going to come down to who is able to control the pace and better utilize their standup.

This one should be a heck of a fight. It’s almost as good as the original planned scrap. Both guys could win this fight, and I wouldn’t be surprised. If Vincente takes the fight to the ground, he holds the submission edge, but I think they’ll stand.

If I have to make a pick, I’m going with Belal Muhammad by Unanimous Decision.

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Dan has been writing about the sport of MMA for the last 15+ years. During this time, he's met amazing fighters, and awesome friends sitting cage-side covering MMA. The memories and relationships are payment for his passion. Dan got his start as a featured writer for and now serves as owner and co-host with Evan Shoman and Dion Harrison of The Crimson Canvas Podcast, on the Fight Booth Podcast network. Dan is also a part time contributor to with pro wrestling, and MMA articles. He thanks Dave Reno for the opportunity and for years of friendship and support.