UFC 288 in New Jersey: Belal Muhammad defeats Gilbert Burns.

At UFC 288 in Newark, New Jersey, Belal Muhammad defeated Gilbert Burns by unanimous decision.

The welterweight fight between Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad took place inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and served as the co-main event of UFC 288.

Early on, Burns connected with an inside leg kick before moving upstairs to split his opponent's guard. 

Muhammad delivered a body kick after deflecting a high kick. Burns briefly forced Muhammad to the ground, but Belal quickly stood up, and the two resumed trading blows with the leather.

Burns' nose was bloodied inside, and Muhammad's offensive caused him to lose balance twice.  

Burns' corner pleaded with him to have greater patience as the opening round came to a close.

Muhammad persisted in applying pressure to Burns through his punches and kicks.  Muhammad was hit in the body with a painful kick.  

He persisted in hitting that spot, causing Burns to let go of his hands in an effort to deflect the body strikes.