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Tunisia’s Mounir Lazzez earns 1st UFC win at ‘UFC on ESPN 13’ on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Abdul Razak Alhassan, Mounir Lazzez (©UFC)

Abdul Razak Alhassan, Mounir Lazzez (©UFC)

Mounir “Sniper” Lazzez, 32, made his successful Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at “UFC on ESPN 13.” The Tunisian-Emirati mixed martial artist fights out of Tunisia by way of the United Arab Emirates.

Lazzez has been competing professionally since 2012. Before joining the UFC, he competed in Dubai Fighting Championship, Desert Force, Phoenix Fighting Championship, BRAVE Combat Federation, UAE Warriors and Probellum MMA.

Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 13” took place on the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE on July 15, 2020 in the United States or July 16, 2020 in the UAE. In the seventh bout, Lazzez fought  “Judo Thunder” Abdul Razak Alhassan, 34, of Arlington, Texas, USA at a catch weight of 174lbs.

Daniel Movahedi served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the catchweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges.

Two judges scored it 30-27 while one judge saw it 29-18 all in favor of the fighter in the blue corner. In the end, Movahedi raised the hand of Lazzez, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

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This is the second time Lazzez won a professional MMA bout via unanimous decision. Winning at “UFC on ESPN 3” improved his professional MMA record to 10 wins and 1 loss.

On the other hand, it was Alhassan’s second loss in the UFC. He now has 10 wins and 2 losses.

“UFC on ESPN 13” is the second UFC event to take place on the UFC Fight Island. Twelve countries were represented namely Brazil, Canada, England, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Romania, Sweden, Tunisia, the UAE, the U.S. and Wales.

Lazzez solely represented both Tunisia and the UAE. Alhassan was one of the nine representatives of the U.S.

In the co-main event, Tim Elliott, 33, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA defeated Ryan “Baby Face” Benoit, 30, of Dallas, Texas, USA via unanimous decision. They fought in the flyweight division.

In the main event, Calvin Kattar, 32, of Methuen, Massachusetts, USA fought Dan “Dynamite” Ige, 28, of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA in the featherweight division. The former won via unanimous decision.

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