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"The Moroccan Devil"

Youssef Zalal

Featherweight Division

14-5-1 (W-L-D)

4

Wins by Knockout

7

Wins by Submission

5

First Round Finishes

Youssef Zalal

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Learn more about Youssef Zalal's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Place of Birth
Casablanca, Morocco
Fighting style
Freestyle
Age
27
Height
70.00
Weight
135.50
Octagon Debut
Feb. 8, 2020
Reach
72.00
Leg reach
39.00
  • Pro since 2017

     
  • Four wins by KO, seven by submission (2 Brabo choke, 2 RNC, Armbar, arm triangle, Guillotine)

     
  • Five first round finishes

UFC on ESPN (3/23/24) Zalal submitted Billy Quarantillo via rear naked choke at 1:50 of the second round 

UFC on ESPN (8/13/22) Zalal fought to a three round majority draw against Da'Mon Blackshear 



UFC Fight Night (6/5/21) Zalal lost a three round split decision to Sean Woodson



UFC Fight Night (2/6/21) Zalal lost a three round unanimous decision to SeungWoo Choi



UFC Fight Night (10/11/20) Zalal lost a three round unanimous decision to Ilia Topuria



UFC Fight Night (8/8/20) Zalal won a three round unanimous decision over Peter Barrett



UFC on ESPN (6/27/20) Zalal won a three round unanimous decision over Jordan Griffin



UFC 247 (2/8/20) Zalal won a three round unanimous decision over Austin Lingo

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started when I was 10 years old, because my mom wanted to stay out of trouble in Morocco 



What ranks and titles have you held? I’m the #5 featherweight in Colorado.



Do you have any heroes? My brother Hamza Zalal.



What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the world to me. I get to show my country that dreams do come true.



What was your job before you started fighting? Landscaping 



Ranks in any martial arts styles: Brown belt in jiu-jistu 



Favorite grappling technique: Chokes 



Favorite Striking technique: Rear side kick