In a recent turn of events, Israeli UFC lightweight contender Natan Levy has accused UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad of attempting to snatch an Israeli flag from a fan during the LFA 173 event at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Levy, who was in attendance to corner his teammate Ilay Barzilay, claimed that Muhammad’s actions escalated to the point where he was about to physically confront the fan before being separated by teammates.
The Israel-Palestine conflict has been a prominent backdrop for the ongoing rivalry between Levy, who supports Israel, and Muhammad, of Palestinian descent, who expresses solidarity with Palestine. The accusations add another layer to the tensions between the two fighters.
Levy took to social media to share the incident, also alleging that Muhammad declined a sparring session with UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland at the UFC Performance Institute (PI) and attempted to prevent Levy from booking a training mat at the facility.
Belal Muhammad, also known as “Remember the Name,” has not responded to the accusations, remaining focused on his MMA career and expressing a desire for a title shot. The 35-year-old welterweight boasts an impressive record of 9 wins and 1 no-contest in his recent matches.
Natan Levy, a rising talent in the lightweight division, joined the UFC through Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020 and holds a record of 8 wins and 1 loss. Levy’s recent victory came against Genaro Valdéz on December 3, where he secured a unanimous decision.
The allegations add a new chapter to the ongoing narrative between Levy and Muhammad, bringing attention to the personal and geopolitical dynamics within the world of MMA.