Bilal Muhammad calls Colby Covington ‘the coward’ after his dominant victory over Vicente Luke at the UFC Vegas 51 main event

Bilal Muhammad had to wait nearly five and a half years for revenge, but he gave a dominant performance in a rematch with Vicente Luke at the UFC Vegas 51 main event.

It was a great strategy that Mohamed implemented round after round as he used quick footwork, improving hits and takedowns at just the right time to keep Locke guessing at every turn. Muhammad looked better than ever as he battled one of the sport’s most dangerous players after being knocked out by Locke in just 79 seconds in their first meeting in November 2016.

This time it was Muhammad who performed with the judges who scored the fight 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 in his favour.

Muhammad then said, “This was my hump that I had to get over.” “He kicked me out. Now what do you have to say? I won. I knew it was going to be one of the toughest challenges.”

“I knew Luque was the best of both worlds [with striking and grappling] He kicked me until he was on top of me. It has shown that I can do everything. I can wrestle with the best. I can hit with the best. I can wrestle with the best.”

It was a complete show from Muhammad as he set the tone from his first fight exchange as he turned away from aggressive Loki, who was constantly chasing him through the cage. Luque kept trying to prepare his punches, but Muhammad never allowed him to settle on his feet and then began mixing in takedowns to frustrate the veteran welterweight competitor.

On his feet, Muhammad also found a home for a quick left-to-right mix that marked the chin over and over. Muhammed’s punches were direct and accurate, but Loki pretty much ate the punches as he continued moving forward.

Even when Luque managed to connect with some bad kicks, Mohamed was quick to change levels and grab another takedown.

Two rounds later, Luque’s coaches instructed him to show more urgency, which resulted in him unleashing a straight line left down the tube that blew Muhammed and put him on his wobbly legs. Loki seemed to grab the hatch as he banged Muhammad with his other left hand as he began to slap the penalty.

Once again, Muhammad resorted to his wrestling to slow down Locke’s speed and took the fight to the plate as he began working from inside the guard. The constant threat of removal weighed on Loki as he became more reluctant to unleash the combinations, which allowed Muhammed to walk away from heavy punches and throw plenty of punches in return.

Luque’s pressure continued forward, but he couldn’t get into rhythm with his hit as Muhammad kept his balance with good counters before relying again on his wrestling. The takedowns never gave Locke any breathing space and when the horn sounded, Muhammad raised his hands in celebration after he had done a good job.

The unanimous decision puts Muhammad’s streak undefeated for the eighth in a row and wasted no time calling his shot against another middleweight who has been trying to fight for several years now.

“I will stop calling out the hero because no one wants to give me that shot,” Mohammed said. “So let me get Karen’s big mouth. Colby Covington is here calling [155 pounders]. Come and fight 70 real founders, you coward.

“I’m a real ’70s pestle. I win fights. I won’t [Jorge] Masvidal from two losses. I’m not [Tyron] Woodley’s five losses. I’m ‘Bully B’ from seven wins. Come and take on a real challenge, you coward.”

It remains to be seen if Muhammad will get his wish but any questions about his suitability in the welterweight division hierarchy have been answered definitively with a victory over Luque at UFC Vegas 51.