The next UFC event has plenty of surprises in the matchups headed your way. One matchup to take a look into further is the bout between featherweights Youssef Zalal and Peter Barrett.
- Date: Saturday, August 8, 5:00 PM
- Venue: UFC APEX
- Watch on: ESPN+
Youssef Zalal (9-2-0)
Zalal has 2 victories under his belt since his octagon debut this year. His fighting resume shows that he has 2 wins by knockout, 5 by submission, and 2 by decision.
“The Moroccan Devil” has a striking accuracy at 53 percent and a grappling accuracy at 42 percent. He lands 3.00 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 1.33. This is a great ratio as he stays active with strikes but also defends well.
Zalal has a takedown defense at 66 percent and a significant strike defense at 69 percent. He also averages 3.00 takedowns and 1.0 submission every 15 minutes.
Peter Barrett (11-3-0)
Barrett will be making his UFC debut after winning his fight in the Dana White Contender Series last August. His fighting resume shows that he has 7 wins by knockout, 2 by submission, and 2 by decision.
Since he does not have any UFC stats to go by, we can still look at his fighting resume to see some of his tendencies. Most of his victories, other than his decision wins, have resulted in first round finishes for him.
“Slippery Pete” has been fighting to earn his way through everything in his life. Now he gets the opportunity to make the most of it.
Odds For This Event
The market views Zalal to be a heavy favorite here. Intertops has the odds currently set at:
*odds are subject to changes
Potential Winning Pick
Both of these fighters have the potential for long term success in the UFC. They both will be putting everything they have into this fight to keep their spot in this octagon.
This could be an all out war here. Barrett has said he wants to take Zalal’s head off and put it in Dana White’s lap. Very gruesome, but he cannot simply walk into this fight expecting this.
Zalal has shown that he knows how to defend and keep the strikes at a steady pace. He should be able to hold his own for a decision victory here.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Zalal wins via decision
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