Belal Muhammad gets new opponent for UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica

Belal Muhammad has a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 131 event in New York.

Bellator, RFA and Titan FC vet Chance Rencountre (12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced welterweight Niko Price (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and now meets Muhammad (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

Muhammad announced the change, though a reason wasn’t given for Price’s removal (via Instagram):

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The bout, first reported by @mmawizzard, takes place June 1 at Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y. It’s part of the FS1-televised preliminary card, which follows the UFC Fight Pass early prelims and precedes the FS1-televised main card.

Muhammad, a 29-year-old former Titan FC champion, has won three straight UFC fights and four off his past five. The run included a November split-decision victory over Tim Means. After going 3-0 in 2017, he now fights for the first time in 2018.

Rencountre makes his short-notice UFC debut on the strength of a four-fight winning streak, which has included stoppages in his past three victories. The 31-year-old Oklahoman, who’s a member of the Osage Nation and a lifelong wrestler, turned pro in 2013.

The full UFC Fight Night 131 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Vinc Pichel
  • Walt Harris vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Jake Ellenberger vs. Ben Saunders
  • Julio Arce vs. Daniel Teymur
  • Sam Alvey vs. Gian Villante

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Sijara Eubanks vs. Lauren Murphy
  • Nik Lentz vs. Leonardo Santos
  • Belal Muhammad vs. Chance Rencountre
  • Desmond Green vs. Gleison Tibau

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel
  • Johnny Eduardo vs. Nathaniel Wood
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Hector Sandoval

For more on UFC Fight Night 131, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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