Belal Muhammad fills in for injured Taleb, faces Alan Jouban in UFC debut

Belal Muhammad will be filling in for an injured Nordine Taleb and is set to face Alan Jouban in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 90, the promotion announced Wednesday afternoon.

Taleb, who was originally expected to meet Jouban on July 7, announced his withdrawal from the bout with an Instagram post, citing a groin injury as the reason for pulling out.

Muhammad (9-0) vacated his Titan FC welterweight title in May to compete in the UFC’s welterweight division. The 27-year old who fights out of Chicago won the Titan FC belt last April with his fourth-round TKO stoppage over Steve Carl, handing him his second loss in his last ten fights. The finish was Muhammad’s first in his last five outings, which were all unanimous decision wins.

Jouban (13-4) is coming off of a first-round knockout victory over Brendan O'Reilly who he finished with a combination of elbows and punches. Prior that he had a two-fight win streak snapped when he was knocked out by Albert Tumenov in the first round at UFC 192. His two victories before that were a unanimous decision over Matt Dwyer and a knockout of Richard Walsh.

UFC Fight Night 90 will be held on July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas during International Fight Week. The card, which precedes the historic UFC 200 by two days, will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between #1 contender Eddie Alvarez and current champion Rafael Dos Anjos.  

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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