Stephen Thompson Vs. Belal Muhammad Slated For December UFC Fight Night
Two top prospects of the welterweight division will share the octagon on December’s Fight Night card.
Stephen Thompson (16-5-1 MMA) is targeted to collide with Belal Muhammad (19-3 MMA) in a three-round contest at UFC Fight Night 199. The bout has yet to be finalized, MMA Junkie reported.
Thompson is one of the best strikers in the UFC. He remains as the No. 5 ranked welterweight.
His last appearance was against former title challenger Gilbert Burns where he suffered a unanimous decision loss.
Prior to that, he defeated Geoff Neal, one of the next title challengers, and top prospect Vicente Luque, who famous for his striking and BJJ skills.
Thompson also defeated Jorge Masvidal in 2017 but suffered losses against Darren Till and Anthony Pettis.
He is one of the fighters who defeated former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker when he was participating in the welterweight division.
“Wonderboy” has been a member of the UFC since 2012 and already had his title shot against Tyron Woodley.
Muhammad suffered only one loss since 2017 and earned 10 victories.
In 2021, he fought three times. He defeated Dhiego Lima then shared the octagon with Leon Edwards, but this bout ended up as NC because of an accidental eye poke.
However, his last performance was against Demain Maia, where Muhammad earned another decision victory.
Thompson will try to defend his position in the top five rankings while Muhammad will fight for his spot and get in the title shot line.
The targeted UFC Fight Night 199 lineup includes:
- Chris Daukaus vs. Derrick Lewis
- Belal Muhammad vs. Stephen Thompson
- Angela Hill vs. Amanda Lemos
- Abusupiyan Magomedov vs. Gerald Meerschaert
- Darren Elkins vs. Cub Swanson
- Anthony Hernandez vs. Dustin Stoltzfus
- Don’Tale Mayes vs. Josh Parisian
- Raphael Assuncao vs. Ricky Simon
- Jordan Leavitt vs. Matt Sayles
- Harry Hunsucker vs. Justin Tafa
- Julia Avila vs. Raquel Pennington
- Andre Ewell vs. Charles Jourdain
- Raoni Barcelos vs. Trevin Jones
- Sijara Eubanks vs. Melissa Gatto
- Diego Ferreira vs. Mateusz Gamrot