Belal Muhammad analyzes pivotal welterweight matchups in UFC 296 title fight backup

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UFC welterweight contender Belal Muhammad has his role for UFC 296, and his services may or may not be required on fight night.

Muhammad will be the backup for the main event welterweight title fight between champ Leon Edwards and challenger Colby Covington.

In addition to the main event, two other key welterweight matchups are on the card, and Muhammad has been keeping a close eye on all of his divisional peers. Shavkat Rakhmonov takes on Stephen Thompson and Vicente Luque faces Ian Machado Garry on the main card.

Muhammad is likely to find himself watching all of these bouts unfold from cageside as the services of a backup fighter have yet to be needed in a UFC event. However, he has studied his peers closely. Recently, Muhammad gave MMA Junkie his thoughts on all of the big matchups in his division going down at the final event of the year.

Check out the No. 1 contender in waiting’s thoughts below as he puts on his analyst hat ahead of UFC 296.

Shavkat Rakhmonov’s chances against Stephen Thompson

Drama surrounding Ian Machado Garry heading into facing teammate Vicente Luque

Will Leon Edwards retain his title against Colby Covington?

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie

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