Fighting out of Morocco by way of Denver, Colorado, United States, Youssef “The Moroccan Devil” Zalal, 23, has earned his second victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Moroccan-American mixed martial artist was one of the winners at “UFC Vegas 4.”
Featuring 10 MMA matches, “UFC Vegas 4” took place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on June 27, 2020. In the first bout of the evening, Zalal competed in the featherweight division against Jordan “The Native Psycho” Griffin, 30, of Wisconsin, USA.
Herb Dean served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges, who all scored it 29-28.
In the end, Dean raised the hand of Zalal, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. Winning at “UFC Vegas 4” improved the professional MMA record of the Moroccan-American MMA fighter to 9 wins and 2 losses.
Zalal is now riding a three-bout winning streak. He is the third UFC fighter to defeat Griffin, who now has 18 wins and 8 losses.
Five countries were represented at “UFC Vegas 4” namely Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the U.S. In the co-main event of the evening, Mike “Platinum” Perry, 28, of Orlando, Florida, USA defeated Mickey Gall, 28, of Green Brook, New Jersey, USA via unanimous decision.
Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 31, of Coconut Creek, Florida defeated Dan “The Hangman” Hooker, 30, of Auckland, New Zealand in the main event, which was named the Fight of the Night. The Performances of the Night winners were Kay Hansen, 20, of Fullerton, California, USA and Julian “Juicy J” Erosa, 30, of Yakima, Washington, USA, who submitted Jinh Yu Frey, 35, of Arlington, Texas, USA and Sean “The Sniper” Woodson, 28, of Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, respectively.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco on September 4, 1996, Zalal was 10 years old when he started his training in kickboxing. He was 15 years old when he moved to the U.S.
After competing as an amateur fighter from 2015 to 2016, Zalal made his professional MMA debut in 2017 and was undefeated from 2017 to 2018. In his UFC debut at “UFC 247” at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on February 8, 2020, he defeated Austin “Lights Out” Lingo, 25, of Dallas, Texas via unanimous decision.
Zalal is training out of Factory X Muay Thai in Englewood, California. Here is his “UFC Vegas 4” post-fight interview: