He claimed that the champion has many more ways to grind out a win over his opponent.
Belal Muhammad is unbeaten since 2019, and is 8-0-1 during his last nine appearances under the lights.
The 34-year-old hopes to push towards a shot at the 170lb title in the near future. However, he must first overcome the grappling finesse of unbeaten prospect Sean Brady when the two clash at UFC 280 later this year.
While mentioning the welterweight title fight on social media, Belal Muhammad gave his honest opinion on how he expects the bout to play out. He insisted that Kamaru Usman has a plethora of different ways to overwhelm the Brit and walk away still clutching gold, saying:
“I think Usman has multiple ways to win (wrestling, controlling Leon on the cage like he did Masvidal, wrestling, controlling Leon on the ground like the first fight, [or] knocking Leon out). I think Leon’s only path to victory is hoping Usman keeps it a striking match and KO’ing him.”
Both the champion and challenger have already met inside the octagon. Usman walked away with a unanimous decision victory and overcame adversity after losing the first round to Edwards on two judges’ scorecards.
Alongside his welterweight throne, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will be putting his unbeaten UFC run up against the Englishman’s 10-fight win-streak. The two will eventually meet in the center of the cage for the main event of UFC 278 on August 20.