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UFC Fighter Youssef Zalal (10-2)

MMA fighters are savages. They are the best athletes on the planet earth, however, they are also human and enjoy things just like you and me.

Youssef “The Moroccan Devil” Zalal is having a 2020 for the ages. He is looking to 4-0 in 2020 all in the UFC, with a possibility of going 5-0. Zalal loves to compete and is shooting up the featherweight rankings.

“The Moroccan Devil” was a mainstay in LFA before coming over to the UFC. After his only two losses in 2019, Zalal has been on a roll, looking unbelievably good. His last fight before signing with the UFC occurred at LFA 79 on Nov. 22, 2019. Zalal landed a flying knee on Jaime Hernandez that most likely earned him a UFC contract.

Zalal made his UFC debut on Feb. 8, 2020 (my 30th birthday) at UFC 247. He kicked off the fight card by defeating Austin Lingo via unanimous decision. He returned in June, defeating a tough Jordan Griffin and then two months later he defeated a debuting Peter Barrett. All three fights have been unanimous decisions and all three fights have been pretty dominant.

Zalal returns to the action for the fourth time in 2020 on October 11, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen. He was expected to fight Seung Woo Choi, however, Choi pulled out of the fight. llia Topuria is now Zalal’s opponent.

When asked what we should expect from his fight Zalal simply said, “Entertainment.”

Here is a list of UFC fighter Zoussef Zalal’s favorite things.

  • Favorite food – Burgers
  • Favorite drink – Juice
  • Favorite color – Red
  • Favorite all-time fight to watch – Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
  • Favorite knock out – Conor McGregor vs. José Aldo
  • Favorite of your own fights – My fight against Peter Barrett
  • Favorite sport to watch other than MMA – Football
  • Favorite submission to practice – D’Arce choke
  • Favorite athlete – Max Holloway
  • Favorite movie – Rush Hour
  • Favorite TV show – Blackish
  • Favorite song – I Get Money by 50 Cent
  • Favorite band or musician – Drake
  • Favorite place to travel to – Morocco
  • Favorite video game – Call of Duty Modern Warfare
  • Favorite animal – Dogs
  • Favorite holiday – Christmas
  • Favorite hobby – Cooking

You can follow UFC fighter Youssef Zalal on Twitter and Instagram.

Check out the rest of my Humanizing series and check out this article on Zalal by Joe Gravel from BloodyCanvas.net.