“Run it Back”: Belal Muhammad Continues to Push for Leon Edwards Rematch

Belal Muhammad looks at Leon Edwards at UFC Vegas 21 face-offs while Edwards walks away

UFC Vegas 21 had an anticlimactic ending, as Belal Muhammad vs. Leon Edwards was declared a No Contest. The bout was called off at 0:18 in the second round when Edwards unintentionally poked Muhammad in the eye.

It was one of the nastiest eye pokes in UFC history. Pro MMA ringside physician, David Abbasi, said Muhammad likely suffered a severe corneal abrasion/laceration, which could lead to severe pain, swelling, and loss of sight.

Belal Muhammad in a hospital while wearing a mask. The 32-year-old is showing off his injured eye.
Belal Muhammad shows the damage done to his eye by Leon Edwards (via Belal Muhammad’s Instagram)

In a recent post on Instagram, Muhammad expressed his interest to rematch Edwards. He also revealed that there is no permanent damage done to his eye.

Leon Edwards Not Interested in Rematch; Belal Muhammad Fires Back

On the post-fight show, Edwards apologized to Muhammad for the eye poke and wished him a speedy recovery. However, what he said after that moment upset his UFC Vegas 21 opponent.

Edwards, who was out since July 2019, felt he should rematch the welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, next.

“[I was] going into the fight with the mentality of I wanted to fight for the belt next,” Leon Edwards said. “So now I’m like, ‘What’s next?’ What do I do now? Is it a rematch? Is it someone else? I feel I deserve a title shot.”

During the post-fight press conference, Edwards went a step ahead and declared that a rematch with Belal would be unnecessary.

“I only fought him because all the other guys turned me down. The writing was on the wall. I was winning the fight clearly, and I don’t feel I need to fight him again. I need to move forward.”

Before the unfortunate ending, Edwards looked better than ever. He landed some good combinations and opened up a cut on Muhammad’s head. The Britisher won the first round on all the judges’ scorecards.

Leon Edwards’ post-fight interview

Seemingly upset with Edwards’ reaction to the scenario, Belal rained down on the former.

“Never saw someone act so tough after poking someone in the eye. [The fight] was just getting [going] and if [you’re] satisfied to end it on that note, [you’re] soft. [You] ain’t getting a title fight off that. I took the fight on 3 [weeks] notice and came to fight. Run it back,” Belal Muhammad wrote on his Twitter.

It’s true! Muhammad took the fight on short notice, as Khamzat Chimaev pulled out of his scheduled bout with Edwards due to COVID-19 related complications.

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