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Randy Brown and Belal Muhammad set the pace for the first pay-per-view of 2017 with their featured welterweight preliminary fight on Fox Sports 1. The fight saw a diverse attack from both men, with both Brown and Muhammad changing their targets constantly. It was Muhammad who landed the strikes more frequently, however, with the repeated leg kicks. Brown pushed past all the leg kicks and continued with the same pace he did at the start of the fight which eventually backfired as his leg began to give.
In between rounds, Brown’s corner did not put the ice on his leg which confused the likes of Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier. Still just as before, Brown began the second round with the same pace which allowed Muhammad to simply fire off his leg kicks at will and connect. Muhammad scored a takedown with just a minute remaining in the second, but he utilized it to gain tally up his significant strike count instead of working for a finish.
Muhammad continued to attack the leg and eventually scored a takedown where Brown worked hard off his back to pick up on lost momentum. Brown worked for an armbar from the bottom, but Muhammad defended it with the greatest of ease. Muhammad locked on the body triangle from the back and worked for a rear-naked choke with just a minute remaining, but Brown would not allow that to happen. The fight made its way to a judges decision where Muhammad got his hand raised.
Belal Muhammad def. Randy Brown by wah of Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)