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UFC on ESPN+ in Brooklyn gets its first scheduled bout

Belal Muhammad talks to the media after winning

Belal Muhammad talks to the media after winning a unanimous decision against Randy Brown at UFC 208 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 11, 2017. Credit: Mario Gonzalez

The first UFC card in 2019 will be the first on its new broadcast partner's platforms, and UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night now has its first scheduled fight.

Belal Muhammad will face Geoff Neal at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Jan. 19 on ESPN+, according to a UFC official.

Muhammad (14-2, 5-2 UFC) brings a four-fight win streak with him to Brooklyn, the latest being a unanimous decision over Chance Rencountre at UFC Utica last June.

Neal (10-2, 3-0) is coming off a second-round knockout of Frank Camacho at UFC 228 in September. All three of the 28-year-old Texan's UFC bouts have been finishes. Neal had been scheduled to fight in Australia in December but was moved to January.

The UFC announced the Brooklyn card, along with its first quarter of 2019 shows, this past weekend during its broadcast of UFC 230. According to the UFC's press release, early prelims will stream live on ESPN+, as will main card bouts, and the prelim bouts will air on ESPN.

This is the third time the UFC has promoted a fight card at Barclays Center. The first was UFC 208 in February 2017, and the second was UFC 223 in April 2018.

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