The result was a unanimous decision win for Muhammad (11-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who shredded the legs of Brown (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) early on then wore him down late to take the victory with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
The welterweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 208 event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn N.Y. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.
Though he had some initial trouble getting inside Brown’s long reach, Muhammad found a way to slow his opponent down thanks to a first round that was heavy on leg kicks. Over and over Muhammad sliced away at Brown’s thighs with his shins, and his efforts were met with very little in the way of defense.
For his part, Brown landed the occasional sharp counter punch, but his offense came in spurts, often punctuated by accidental eye pokes, and he never mounted a sustained campaign to check Muhammad’s near constant advance.
Muhammad only gained momentum as the fight wore on, overpowering Brown in the clinch when he did manage to get in close, and controlling him on the mat late in the fight as he took Brown’s back and chipped away with strikes.
Brown’s best moments came in the final minute, when he managed to reverse the position and attack the downed Muhammad from the top, but by then it was too late. Muhammad had no difficulty lasting until the final horn, and the judges were unanimous for him once he did.
The victory gets Muhammad back in the win column for the first time since his knockout loss to Vincent Luque in November. Brown’s loss snaps a two-fight winning streak.
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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Brooklyn.)view original article >>