Taking main event honors at the UFC Apex facility event; a high-stakes welterweight rematch between the #5 ranked contender, Vicente Luque, and the #6 ranked challenger, Belal Muhammad.
In their initial matchup, Luque stopped Muhammad with first round strikes on the preliminary card of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in November 2016.
Embarking on a four-fight winning run since his most recent loss to common-foe, Stephen Thompson, Luque, a trainee at Sanford MMA — has recently handed losses to the quarter of Niko Price, Randy Brown, former champion, Tyron Woodley, and in August, Michael Chiesa.
For Muhammad, the Roufusport trainee has enjoyed a two-fight winning run since his official ‘No Contest‘ against Leon Edwards last year — defeating both former title challengers, Demian Maia, and the aforenoted, Thompson with decision triumphs.
UFC Vegas 51: Luque vs. Muhammad 2 – Results
UFC Vegas 51 Main Card Results: (ESPN/ESPN+ 8:30 p.m.)
Welterweight: Belal Muhammad def. Vicente Luque via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-47)
Middleweight: Caio Borralho def. Gadhzi Omargadzhiev via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Welterweight: Andre Fialho def. Miguel Baeza via first round (4:39) TKO (strikes)
Bantamweight: Mayra Bueno Silva def. Wu Yanan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Featherweight: Pat Sabatini def. T.J. Laramie via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Welterweight: Mounir Lazzezz def. Ange Loosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC Vegas 51 Preliminary Card Results: (ESPN2/ESPN+ 5:30 p.m.)
Heavyweight: Devin Clark def. William Knight via third round (3:21) KO (strikes)
Bantamweight: Pannie Kianzad def. Lina Lansberg via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Drakkar Klose def. Brandon Jenkins via second round (0:33) TKO (strikes)
Lightweight: Rafa Garcia def. Jesse Ronson via second round (4:50) submission (rear-naked choke)
Heavyweight: Martin Buday def. Chris Barnett via technical unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Jordan Leavitt def. Trey Ogden via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Strawweight: Sam Hughes def. Istela Nunes via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Bantamweight: Heili Alateng def. Kevin Croom via first round (0:47) TKO (strikes)