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Belal Muhammad defeated Gilbert Burns at UFC 288. Photo: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports

Top ranked welterweights Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad just clashed in the five-round UFC 288 co-main event.

The first round started with good striking from both parts. Midway through the round, Burns landed a takedown but Muhammad got up right away.

The longer the fight went, Muhammad took over more and more, landing heavy left kicks to the body and good combinations.

Burns had serious problems with his left hand, which showed more and more during the fight, as he barely threw a single left punch.

After five rounds, Muhammad stood as the winner via unanimous decision with 50-45, 49-46 and 49-46 on the scorecards.

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Belal Muhammad: “I’ll beat Jon Jones”

UFC president Dana White recently confirmed that the bout is a title eliminator, meaning that will receive a chance to fight for the welterweight gold. However, champion Leon Edwards is set to clash with Colby Covington first.

“I’m coming for both you guys,” Muhammad said after the fight.

“You give me eight weeks I’ll beat Jon Jones.”

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